Comparative Essay

My Essay Ideas Sample Notes 1) decide on Themes you want to discuss Theme Ideas MoralityRevengeMercy RacismFamily/IssuesInvestment/Interest Justice RomanceTragic Consequences Competition 2) brainstorm some specific examples you could use, including the references you will need. Theme Ideas Example from NovelReferences A) Romance1) Romeo & Juliet -Romeo & Juliet have a problem from the start -parents are in a feud Merchant of Venice -Bassanio & Portia also have a problem -she lives far away and he does not have money to woo her 1. 1. ___? 2) R& J R & J’s relationship becomes worse when he kills Tybalt and banished from Verona MoV -B & P’s relationship gets better when he wins the lottery and 3. 1? can marry Portia 3) R& J -tragedy occurs in this relationship when J’s potion makes it seem that she is dead, so Romeo kills himself MoV -B & P get married, and she helps him free his friend3. ____? Sample A One of the themes Shakespeare explores in his plays is the way Romance works. In Romeo and Juliet, the young couple meet at a party at her house, and fall almost instantly in love, but they have a problem, right from the start.

Their parents are feuding, and they cannot be together because of the hate between the families. Similarly, in Merchant of Venice, Bassanio falls in love with the rich and beautiful Portia, and they also start with a problem. She lives far away in Belmont, and he is too poor to see and woo her. In Romeo and Juliet, things get even worse when Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin Tybalt. Now they are still in love, but he is banished from Verona. But Bassanio’s romantic life improves when Antonio helps him to borrow money, and he is able to win the casket lottery and marry Portia.

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The “star crossed lovers” romance ends in tragedy when Juliet is found “bleeding, warm and newly dead” (Shakespeare 5. 3. 175) after she kills herself from grief over Romeo’s death. In this story, romance ends in tragedy. In contrast, Portia’s romance ends in happiness when she helps to save Antonio’s life, and Bassanio tells her, “Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow” (Shakespeare 5. 1. 284). In this story, they truly live happily ever after. Sample B One of the themes Shakespeare explores in his plays is the way Romance works.

In Romeo and Juliet, the young couple meet at a party at her house, and fall almost instantly in love, but they have a problem, right from the start. Their parents are feuding, and they cannot be together because of the hate between the families. Things get even worse when Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin Tybalt. Now they are still in love, but he is banished from Verona. Later, the romance ends in tragedy when Juliet is found “bleeding, warm and newly dead” (Shakespeare 5. 3. 175) after she kills herself from grief over Romeo’s death.

In this story, romance ends in tragedy. But in Merchant of Venice, Bassanio falls in love with the rich and beautiful Portia. They also start with a problem: she lives far away in Belmont, and he is too poor to see and woo her. However, when Antonio helps him to borrow money, he is able to win the casket lottery and marry her. Later, their romance grows even stronger when she helps to save Antonio’s life, and Bassanio tells her, “Sweet doctor, you shall be my bedfellow” (Shakespeare 5. 1. 284). In this story, there is a happy ending to the romance.