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Romeo and Juliet - The prologue.

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Romeo and Juliet The prologue sets the background of the story of Romeo and Juliet. The prologue gives a lot of the story away, without taking the suspense from it. It is a very basic explanation of what is going to happen in the play. It quotes 'Patient ears attend/what here shall miss'. Shakespeare is saying that if you listen carefully to the play on what he has missed in the prologue, you will soon find out the whole story and what really happens. The prologue is a sonnet. A sonnet is used for various reasons. It may set the scene for a film as it can usually help people to understand the storyline better. ...read more.


It then briefly describes the two families- the Capulet's and the Montague's. It lets us know that the families are not friends by saying 'Two households both alike in dignity (&) From ancient grudge break to new mutiny'. This is telling us that both of the families are similar in a way that they are well respected with high standards, but yet, an old grudge between them causes bad feelings. An old disagreement between the families will soon turn to a new conflict. The prologue then goes on to say 'Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean, from forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.' ...read more.


This means that with Romeo and Juliet's well deserved love, it all ended in disaster, and as they died, so did their parents conflict. Nothing could put an end to that conflict except for the death of their children as it quotes 'And the continuance of their parents rage, which, but their children's end, nought could remove'. The rest of the prologue goes on to say 'Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; the which if you with patient ears attend, what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.' This means that if you sit back and analyse the play properly then the story will come together. ...read more.

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