“If love be rough with you, be rough with love.”
Tonight, you should read Act I, scene iv: the Montague boys are out on the town about to go crash Capulet’s party.
After you read the whole scene, carefully paraphrase lines 16-28 here. A paraphrase is a translation into your own words of the poem or speech. A paraphrase is NOT a summary. You should think of it as a word for word translation. That said, you may use some of the same words, just so long as it would be completely clear to a person reading your translation today. I know that paraphrasing is hard, and I know the temptation will be to find one online. Please avoid this temptation! Do your own best with the information you get on the verso. Remember, the idea is to learn from the experience, not necessarily to get it perfectly right the first time.
After you write the paraphrase, write a response. Mercutio here is giving Romeo advice about his love life. What is the gist of this advice? How is it similar to or different from Benvolio’s advice to Romeo? What does this advice tell us about Mercutio?
As always, please check your writing for spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Please also respond to at least one other comment in this thread.