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ROMEO AND JULIET A prologue is an opening to a play. It is used to notify the audience of what will happen but, not how it's going to happen. This gets the audiences attention causing them to feel anticipation. This will make the audience want to watch the rest of the play so that they can find out what will happen and how it will happen. A prologue was desperately needed in the Elizabethan times because people could not read and write so they had to be told what the play was about because they wouldn't have read it beforehand. Shakespeare used prologues as we use film trailers today. This would have an effect on the audience who had seen the prologue as it would create suspense. In recent times, a prologue is not needed because we get all our information with the help of the media. Magazines for example give us a brief outline of the film before we go to see it so that we know what to expect. ...read more.


The theme of love runs throughout the play. This is shown by "Did my heart love till now? For swear it sight, For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night". Romeo's declaration reveals to the audience that he has never been in real love until this moment when he sees Juliet. It was love at first sight. Hate is presented as a theme of the play in the prologue by describing the "grudge" between the families and "the continuance of their parents rage". This informs the audience that there will be a lot of violence in the play and that the two families will not get along, which could be the cause of trouble for Romeo and Juliet's relationship. This hatred is also seen in the rest of the play such as the drama between Romeo and Tybalt. Romeo had gate crashed the Capulet ball and as a result Tybalt decides to take revenge. He challenges him to a fight saying "boy, this shall not excuse the injuries that thou hast done me, therefore turn and draw". ...read more.


Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of "Romeo & Juliet" for example, is more in touch with the audience today. He has used it as a news report and shows the two families in a constant battle. Today there are many formats to connect with the audience. The performance possibilities far more informing and entertaining than in the Elizabethan era. I think it's very interesting that Shakespeare uses the prologue to inform the audience what is going to happen in the play but he does not tell us how it is going to happen. It is very effective in the way that Shakespeare uses the prologue to create suspense and engages the audience. I think it's useful because it keeps the attention which the Elizabethan Audiences don't like to lose and your play will not be great success. I think the whole purpose of the prologue is to prepare the audience for the play and inform them about what is going to happen in the play. ...read more.

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