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What was the pupose of the prologue in "Romeo and Juliet"?like why was there a prologue

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fatty123 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 1, 2009 at 3:49 AM via web

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What was the pupose of the prologue in "Romeo and Juliet"?

like why was there a prologue

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 1, 2009 at 4:04 AM (Answer #1)

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In the prologue is when we are introduced to the problem of the story, the setting, the characters, and even the ending: The lovers whose houses are divided and in quarrel.

The prologue tells the entire story, so that the audience can in a way expect the tragic ending. However, the setup is also for the purpose of tuning into the story, and feeling the circumstances throughout the play that prevent the ending from being any different.

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gowolves | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted May 7, 2009 at 9:46 AM (Answer #3)

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like to set the stage for the rest of the play

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kendraleo | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2009 at 9:01 AM (Answer #4)

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In those times, many of the people that attended the theater to watch one of Shakespeare's plays found that they seemed humorous in ways that they were not meant to be humorous. Also, many people thought things were in there and meant to be funny, when they really were something tragic. So, the prologue was put in there to inform people that "Romeo and Juliet" was not a humorous play, and that in fact, it was a big tragedy.

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