"Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespear (journal topics)

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What qualities do you look for in friends? Which of these qualities did Benvolio and Mercutio share? Which of the two would you prefer to have as friends?

Qualities I look for in friends depend on what kind of a friend I have. Mainly I want someone who can understand me, and look at things with my point of view. Also, they would be smart, and share the same kind of goals I have. Benvolio and Mercutio were caring, which I also look for in friends. They weren't in love, so they probably couldn't feel what Romeo was. Mercutio does most of the talking with Romeo and often makes fun of him for being so much in love. Benvolio tries to protect Romeo from Mercutio teasing him. I would choose Mercutio as a friend because Benvolio is too boring.

If "Romeo and Juliet" were modern day teenagers they would be likely to turn to a nurse/monk for advice/help, who would their modern day mentors be and why?

Their modern day mentors could be their parents or friends.

Today, most kids don't have nurses to look after them, and they don't go to monks because their not going to get the kind of advice they want to hear. It's more convenient to stay at home and talk to your family or call up a friend who knows you well. In Juliet's case, she couldn't talk to her parents about her situation because they would be extremely mad she's married to Romeo, and they're not interested in her opinions anyhow. If she would have any friends she could go to them for advice, or to someone in her family who won't tell her parents. Romeo couldn't go to his parents for help either because they would be mad he's married...