Act 1: Literary Analysis Of 'Romeo And Juliet'

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ Act 1 - Journal Entry 1 The Prologue What poetic form is the Prologue? And based on its description, list 3 things that might happen in the play. The poetic form is a sonnet with 14 lines written in the iambic pentameter, and based on the description we find that an ancient grudge will break to new mutiny, a pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life and civil blood makes civil hands unclean. The prologue mentions: love, hate, disagreement and death. Why do you think Shakespeare gives away the play’s ending in the Prologue? He wants the readers to read on to find out how the feud between the two households is resolved and since they foreshadow death we all want to see know how it happens to Romeo and Juliet. Scene I - The Opening Brawl The very first scene of Romeo and Juliet is a brawl - why do you think that this start to the play is effective? It starts from two servants having a slightly aggressive conversation which leads to a fight and rapidly escalates as more and more people get involved finally the Prince comes to calm down the matter. It’s effective as it clearly shows the tension between the two opposing households. They clearly hate each other and are sworn enemies. This scene also would catch many people’s attention as it has action when fighting and comedy in the dirty/vulgar jokes and puns. Although there is a brawl, we are never told what caused the feud in the first place and what continues to stir them up against each other. The

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