Romeo and Juliet (prologue)

prologue is an opening to a story that establishes the context and gives background details, often some earlier story that ties into the main one, and other miscellaneous information.
Who delivers the “prologue”? The chorus
What is the purpose of the prologue in Romeo and Juliet? it tells us about the place and characters (Verona, Romeo and Juliet), but more importantly it tells us what is going to happen to them (they will die)
What does “star-crossed lovers” mean? against the stars, two people in love
Back in the time of Shakespeare (even some people today), what did people believe about the stars in the sky (astronomy)? it was thought to control people’s destinies (what will happen in one’s life)
What does the prologue create for the audience watching the play? a sense (a feeling) of fate, that Romeo and Juliet cannot escape death and the play will fulfill it’s promise set out in the prologue.
Define Shakespearean “Tragedy”? is a play written by William Shakespeare that tells the story of a seemingly heroic figure whose major character flaw causes the story to end with his tragic downfall.
Shakespeare’s “tragic-romance”, Romeo and Juliet, is about what? two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

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