What is Romeos attitude in Act I, scene 1 when he's talking to Benvolio and how does it compare with the prologue?

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The Prolougue gives the reader serious information about the background of the play.  It gives us information about the doomed love of Romeo and Juliet. 

"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes


A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;


Whose misadventure piteous overthrows


Do with their death bury their parents' strife.


The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,


And the continuance of their parents' rage",(Prologue)

Romeo's speech in Act I, Scene I, speaks of what it feels like to be in love, with all the dizzy swooning and how hard it is to feel this way.  Love makes you sick and happy all at the same time.

"Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purg'd, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;
Being vex'd, a sea nourished with lovers' tears:
What is it else? a madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet". 

His comments are silly, while the Prologue's are foreboding.

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