The dramatic structure of the play is evident in the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet. Seeing how the structure of the Prologue parallels that of the drama is a way in which interest is maintained. The initial setting of the "two households" in "fair Verona" is the exposition of the Prologue and of the drama. The "civil blood" making "hands unclean" helps to bring light to the schism between both. Out of this, the fruit of "fatal loins" is where the protagonists are evident. The structure has moved from exposition to rising action and both in the drama and the Prologue, this is where audience interest is evident. It becomes critical to include this because Shakespeare understands that this collision between values is where conflict arises, thus maintaining interest. At the same time, I think that the Prologue's mention of the death of the "star crossed lovers" bringing about the "bury of their parents' strife" helps to bring about the pinnacle of conflict and the decline in action into resolution. The structure of the Prologue mirrors that of the drama. The dramatic structure is revealed in the Prologue, allowing the audience to fully appreciate what is about to be seen. This priming of the audience enables them to completely grasp what is going to be seen. It is here where I think that structure plays a vital role in maintaining interest both in the Prologue and that which is to follow.