In Act I, scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet," how does the prince foretell or warn of tragedy? include how he plays his roles and uses of metaphors and his authority over the people

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 The Prince demands that the feuding men throw down their weapons and listen to him.  He warns them that anyone who further disturbs the peace, will be subject to execution, or a death sentence.  Because of the existing disparity between the Montague and Capulet families, the Prince is predicting that death will be the outcome. He says: 

"Throw your mis-temper'd weapons to the ground,
And hear the sentence of your moved prince.
Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word,
By thee, old Capulet, and Montague,
Have thrice disturb'd the quiet of our streets,
And made Verona's ancient citizens
Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments,
To wield old partisans, in hands as old,
Canker'd with peace, to part your canker'd hate.
If ever you disturb our streets again
Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.
For this time, all the rest depart away:
You, Capulet, shall go along with me;
And, Montague, come you this afternoon
To know our further pleasure in this case,
To old Free-town, our common judgment-place.
Once more, on pain of death, all men depart". Act I, Scene I

The Prince reminds us that the fathers of Romeo and Juliet cannot meet together, he arranges to see each separately. Romeo and Juliet also feel, like the Prince, that there is no point in trying to bring these two families together. Therefore they will be sacrificed because of the feud.