With regards to just language, how did Shakespeare keep readers engaged with Romeo and Juliet, even though they know what is going to happen? With regards to just language, how did Shakespeare keep...

With regards to just language, how did Shakespeare keep readers engaged with Romeo and Juliet, even though they know what is going to happen?

With regards to just language, how did Shakespeare keep readers engaged with Romeo and Juliet, even though they know what is going to happen due to the prologue?

Could you just focus on language? It doesn't necessarily have to be from the prologue itself.

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Although we know what is going to happen, we don’t know exactly how it will happen.  Shakespeare’s beautiful and hilarious speeches keep us engaged.

There is a lot of beautiful language in the play.  Some of it is very romantic and enthralling.  Consider Romeo and Juliet’s first encounter.

Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,

Which mannerly devotion shows in this;

For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch,

And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.(105) (Act 1, Scene 5, p. 32)

This exchange is part of the lovely conversation between Romeo and Juliet , which some scholars have considered...

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