Romeo and Juliet Not Children

I agree that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship is simply puppy love between two infatuated children. Juliet, being thirteen years old, has not had any experience with relationships in the past. Romeo, although he has experienced love before, falls in and out of it quickly. He is inexperienced with long term love and with long term relationships. Throughout Romeo and Juliet’s 48 hour relationship, all of Juliet’s actions, such as kissing Romeo, accepting his marriage proposal, and proclaiming her love for him, seem to be forced by peer pressure. This is shown when Romeo asks to kiss Juliet for the first time, and she responds “Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer” (1. 5. 102). She is saying that she doesn’t want Romeo to kiss her, but he doesn’t listen and kisses her anyways. Later, after Romeo proposes marriage, Juliet claims that “[…] my true love is grown to such excess I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth” (2. 6. 33-34). This explains why, after being pressured into a marriage by Romeo, she is suddenly head over heels in love with him. Romeo isn’t pressuring Juliet into loving him on purpose, but she is much younger and somewhat less experienced than he is, which causes her to look up to him for advice. Romeo’s actions surrounding relationships so far have all been related to superficial attraction to beautiful women, not about their personalities. This shows that he is still immature and believes that you can declare love while still in the “honeymoon phase”, which further proves that the love he feels for Juliet is nothing but puppy love and childish infatuation.

Kulich’s argument is somewhat effective, though it would have been more compelling had she written a short conclusion on why the information she provided was relevant to Romeo and Juliet’s relationship. Most of the information she provided was historically accurate, though she did state, in reference to 14 year olds being considered as adults, “This was so until very recently, in the First World War until after the Second World War […]”. Technically, plans to raise the minimum compulsory schooling age in Europe were not implemented until after the war, as there were financial struggles. This means that, until 1944, one year before the Second World War ended, compulsory schooling was set at age 14. Kulich’s wording is not very clear, which can leave ambiguity for the reader, causing them to have a biased opinion.

Education Act 1918

Education Act 1944

In-Depth 3

Ciao! During my fourth and fifth weeks of in-depth, I encountered a couple of problems with my project, mostly involving the weather. I was unable to meet up with my mentor for when we had scheduled due to the heavy snow, so we had to reschedule for two days later. This didn’t cause any major issues, but it was a bit frustrating to have to find another time slot that worked for both of us. Another problem that was a bit frustrating was that the online course I am enrolled in was not working during the snow day, which would have been the perfect time to get some more work done. However, everything was back to normal by Wednesday morning.
I am having a ton of fun learning Italian, and I am on schedule having almost completed the first unit. I have just learned many new helpful phrases, such as “come stai?” which means how are you, and “buongiorno” which means good morning. I am really enjoying learning simple sentences, as they are extremely useful in day to day life. My mentor is very helpful and supportive, and she is quick to give me feedback on my work.
In Edward de Bono’s How to Have a Beautiful Mind, two important sections are How to be Interesting and How to Respond. Over the family day long weekend, I had a dinner with my family. I talked a bit about how my Italian course is going, and I shared some of what I have learned so far. I love talking about things I am passionate about, and teaching my family, especially my younger cousin, some words in Italian was really fun. I also spoke about what I was most interested in with my mentor. I love learning new languages, but learning about different cultures is even more interesting to me. One of the assignments in my Italian course was to learn a bit about the history of Italy, and I had a lot of fun researching the geography, independence, and past rulers of Italy. I talked a bit with my mentor about the things I have learned so far that I would love to expand on, and things I haven’t learned yet but would love to touch on at some point.
While completing one of the quizzes online, I came across a question that was a bit confusing. It was asking me to translate a sentence, but there were technically multiple correct answers. I put down the answer that made the most sense to me, but I wrote it down so that I could ask my mentor about it when we met up. I ended up getting the question right, but when I asked my mentor about it, she agreed that there was some ambiguity and room for interpretation. She said that no one had ever asked about it before, but that she would make sure to mark answers int the future accordingly. I made sure to bring up the point respectfully, and I gave multiple reasons as to why my point was valid, but also to say that the question just required a bit more logical thinking. Everything worked out well, and we didn’t have any disagreements or arguments.
To conclude, I am having so, so, so much fun learning this new language, and I have made so many connections from the Italian language and culture to the French language and culture. I can’t wait to expand on my learning, and I am more excited than ever to show off my skills not only on in-depth night, but also in Italy! Ci vediamo!

In-Depth 2

Ciao! Finally, in week three of in-depth, I have secured a mentor! She is a teacher for an online Italian course, and I am enrolled in her class. I have started the course, but I am also hoping to meet up with her once a week.
Originally, we had planned to meet up over the weekend, but unfortunately she was unable to make it. Instead, we rescheduled for a Monday afternoon for our first official meeting as mentor and mentee. During the meeting, we talked a bit about ourselves and our passions, but we mostly talked about my progress so far in the course. I have completed the intro unit to the course, and am starting on the first level. Each level is designed to take about one month, so two blog posts from now, I should be done level one. I am learning really fast, I already know the alphabet, numbers one to ten, and some common phrases and words. My mentor has been extremely helpful, and she is always encouraging me to expand on my learning and to implement it in my daily life.
In Edward de Bono’s How to Have a Beautiful Mind, three important sections are How to Agree, How to Disagree, and How to Differ. During my meeting with my mentor, I tried my best to implement these three aspects into our conversation. I think I did a good job, but to be honest, we did not have many disagreements. The only thing that I brought up was the fact that each unit is supposed to take one month. I thought that that seemed a bit long, and also very even. What if I needed more time on lesson four than on lesson three? However, my mentor assured me that although the course was designed to be completed at a rate of one month per lesson, you can go about it at your own pace. I made sure to explain my point respectfully, as she has obviously been teaching the course for longer than I have been enrolled, and she is more knowledgeable in that area. After she explained how everything works, I was convinced that she was right and that I had nothing to worry about.
Some constructive criticism I received and agreed with was about the pronunciation of some of the letters in the alphabet. I’ve been learning which sounds correspond with which groupings of letters, and how to know what sound a letter is making based on the letters before and after it. I need to work on the pronunciation of the letters d and p, as I still have a very French pronunciation of the two. I listened to the feedback carefully, and I am making an effort to implement the feedback into my speech.
I am very excited for my next meeting with my mentor, and until then I will be working on my Italian course every day. My friends and my family have begun to notice how I replace certain simple words, such as hello or yes, with the Italian translations. I am having a lot of fun, and I can’t wait for in-depth! Arrivederci!