R&J Q&A Act 1 Prologue


  1. The Prologue gives information to the reader/viewer. What does it say about the plot and the length of the play?
    • two families alike in dignity(honor and respect)
      • Verona
      • both equal rank to Prince Escalus
      • Montagues(Romeo) and Capulets(Juliet)
      • feud: “ancient grudge break to new mutiny”
      • “civil” bloodshed
      • “fatal loins” born by destiny/fate to be “foes”
      • “star-crossed” lovers – bad luck
        • Romeo = star #1
        • Juliet = star #2
        • Triva: What human was the first “moon-watcher”?
        • Suicide- “take their life”
        • sorta like Pyramus and Thisbe
      • “misadventured piteous overthrows”
      • Doth =does
      • parents’ strife = “continuance of their parents’ rage”
      • “fearful passage of their death-mark’d love”
        • What happens after death?
        • What happens after death by suicide?
        • Do we have immortal soul?
          • My soul is made of stuff not made of stuff.
        • What is eternity?
      • “nought” = nothing can prevent the death of R&J
      • “patient ears attend” = shut up and listen
      • What is missing from the prologue will be in the play – duh!
    • length of the play
      • 2 hours “traffic of our stage”

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