+
Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: Amanda Goss
Description:

Read and understand Shakespearean Language

Analyze the Prologue for Ideas of Love and Hate

(more)
See More
Try a College Course Free

Sophia’s self-paced online courses are a great way to save time and money as you earn credits eligible for transfer to over 2,000 colleges and universities.*

Begin Free Trial
No credit card required

25 Sophia partners guarantee credit transfer.

221 Institutions have accepted or given pre-approval for credit transfer.

* The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 20 of Sophia’s online courses. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.

Tutorial

Soundscape of Prologue

Listen to how the sound effects contribute to your understanding of the Prologue.

Romeo and Juliet Prologue Assignment

This is a PDF version of the text included below.

Full Screen

Romeo and Juliet Prologue

Directions:

  • Read and annotate the following prologue from the beginning of Romeo and Juliet.
    • Paraphrase the lines in your own words.
    • You may have to look up words that are unfamiliar.
  • Underline (highlight in blue) any word or phrase that has to do with hate.
  • Circle (highlight in pink) any word or phrase that has to do with love.
  • Be prepared for a quiz grade from working with this text at the beginning of class.

Act 1, Prologue

PROLOGUE

    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.

    From forth the fatal loins of these two foes

    A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;

    Whose misadventured piteous overthrows

    Do with their death bury their parents' strife.

    The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,

    And 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,

    What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

Romeo and Juliet Intro

Take a look at this slideshow for important background information.