Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet - 1 Shakespeare's Prologues Shakespeare's...

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Shakespeare’s Prologues Shakespeare’s prologues tell us a lot about his plays and the theatre. The images give detailed information about the play, including the main themes and the things the audience should be focusing on. Also, it is used to market the play and make it seem more appealing to the audience. Shakespeare uses a prologue in several of his plays. Generally, they provide an introduction to the play, information about the play such as the location, a summary of the play so it is easier to understand, and the purpose Shakespeare had in writing it. When Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, the story was already well known. The prologue gave away the ending to the play, and in doing so allowed the focus to be shifted from the tragedy of the deaths to the feud between the families and the love between the children of those families. In this prologue, Shakespeare points out the irony in that the only thing that could end the families hate towards each other was their children’s love for one
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course AENG 144 taught by Professor Bale during the Fall '07 term at SUNY Albany.

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