Tutor profile: Jeanell A.
In "Romeo and Juliet", Juliet begins her monologue in Act 2, Scene 2, "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" What is she truly saying based on that line and her following lines. Look at the context.
To a Shakespeare novice, it seems Juliet is asking where is Romeo's location. On the contrary, she's asking WHY is Romeo a Montague. Juliet belongs to the Capulet family while Romeo belongs to the Montague family. Both families are feuding, which makes Romeo and Juliet's courtship quite troublesome for the current climate. However, since they are very young (Juliet is thought to be between 10 and 13 in the play while Romeo is thought to be between 14 and 16) and very much in love, they find a way to be together. Shakespeare wrote this play during Elizabethan times (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I), which is also the same time period the King James version of the Holy Bible was constructed together. Words during that time do not have the same definitions we are acquainted with in present day. If you ever get confused reading Shakespeare, I recommend you familiarize yourself with the King James Holy Bible, not for religious reasons, but for etymology and grammatical reasons to truly understand the context of Shakespeare's words.
Subject: Film and Theater
Typically, American film genres follow the same key plot points, regardless if the narratives or the film's main situation are different. What are the key plot points of a romantic comedy? Why does it follow this construct?
In a romantic comedy, it begins with boy-meets-girl, boy and girl get together, boy loses girl, boy fights to get girl back, they get back together, and they live happily ever after. Romantic comedies follow this pattern because of audience's familiarity and the fact it is art imitating life. Large movie studios in the 20th century created this formula based on audience's reaction to films before they premiered. Once they nailed down the formula, they continued to issue various films at a rapid pace as audiences loved it. Also there was this belief within pop culture that these comedic tropes was the way people got together romantically. Today in 2017, audiences are quite familiar with romantic comedies and feel quite comfortable with its formula. Even though certain factors as the inclusion of race, homosexuality, and more have changed the landscape of romantic comedies, the formula remains the same.
Subject: African History
During the Atlantic Slave Trade, particularly in the 1600s, what were the key European countries that colonize the majority of current-day West Africa and what was their linguistic impact on certain current-day African countries?
The key countries were England, France, and Portugal. Because of colonization, various current-day countries speak a blend of their tribal dialects and the native language of their colonists. For instance, countries like Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)'s official language is French due to France colonizing that area. Countries like Ghana and Nigeria has English as their official language due to England colonizing their area. Particularly, in Ghana, some native Ghanaians speak "pigeon" English, which is a blend of the Akan language (the basis of many Ghanaian dialects) and English.
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