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What purpose does the prologue serve in Romeo and Juliet?At the begining of Act one...

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olsen4941 | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 29, 2012 at 6:26 PM via web

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What purpose does the prologue serve in Romeo and Juliet?

At the begining of Act one scene four Shakespeare has benvolio say something about prologues and their purpose.

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 30, 2012 at 12:22 AM (Answer #1)

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Inthe play, Romeo and Juliet, the audience knows the outcome of the play even before we meet the main characters.  The chorus begins the play by presenting the Prologue.  This introduction to the play sets up the story by explaining the plot that is about to take place.  The chorus explains the centuries long feud that exists between the Montagues and the Capulets that will end after a child from each of the warring families falls in love with one another.  However, this will not be our typical happily ever after love story as the two families will only have peace and come together after the deaths of the innocent children.

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes(5)
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows
Doth, with their death, bury their parents’ strife.


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