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Inthis essay I am going to go through the prologue, the fight scene and theprinces warning.

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In this essay I am going to go through the prologue, the fight scene and the princes warning. 1.The prologue A single actor, the Chorus, comes forth to command our attention with a statement of a problem: Chorus Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. 5From 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, 10And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, 15What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. The key word is "civil," and the phrase "civil blood" is a paradox. Citizens of a town ought to be civil; that is, they ought to show respect for one another and get along. ...read more.


An "adventure" is a happenstance, a piece of luck, good or bad. When an airplane falls out of the sky or a drunk driver wipes out an innocent family, the victims have suffered "misadventure piteous overthrows." Today, we still feel pity for the victims of such an event and call it a "tragedy," and that is the sort of tragedy that Romeo and Juliet is. Because of the kind of tragedy it is, our pity is greater if we know from the beginning how it's going to turn out, as in movies from Casa Blanca to Titanic. Against the dark background of death, Romeo and Juliet's love shines bright, and in the end triumphs by ending the feud between their families. The rest of the prologue repeats the message that the lovers will die and their deaths will stop the feud, and then tells us that all this will be shown in " the two hours' traffic of our stage." If modern actors tried to cram all the words of Romeo and Juliet into two hours, they would have to talk so fast that no one could understand a word, ...read more.


(1.1.70-72). "Have at thee" is what you say as you attack, and Tybalt attacks Benvolio. Instead of stopping the fight, Benvolio has to join it. As soon as Tybalt and Benvolio begin fighting, some citizens, who are sick of both the Capulets and Montagues, join in. They shout, "Clubs, bills, and partisans! Strike! Beat them down! / Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!" (1.1.73-74). "Clubs, bills, and partisans" was a cry used by London apprentices to call everyone out for a riot. 3.The princes Warning In the middle of this mess comes Prince Escalus with his train. A prince's "train" is his followers; in this case they act as riot police. As the Prince's train is busy separating the various brawlers from one another, the Prince tries to make himself heard: "Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, / Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel, -- (1.1.81-82). "Steel" -- the swords being used by the combatants -- should be dedicated to the defence of the city; instead, citizens who are staining it with the blood of their neighbours are profaning the steel. Despite the prince's words, no one is listening and the swords are still flying. ...read more.

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