This is the best site in the world for reading Shakespeare's plays. You'll find for each play both the original version and a modern-English version. Wonderful!
And this one, too: http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/
A really good one for understanding R&J.
http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/rjfolio.cfm <~~interactive Romeo & Juliet
Other websites to put in your favorites (bookmarks) for current and future use.
And literary criticism:
Your comments and questions above are very insightful, and you should have a wonderful time reading and enjoying these plays.
Yes, the beginning is like a prologue in a way. Shakespeare does something like this in every one of his plays.
The two families in this play have a long-standing feud going -- and the "star-crossed" is referring to this feud and that Romeo and Juliet come from these feuding families. It is unthinkable to their fathers that either would fall in love with a rival's daughter or son.
Enjoy the play!
Thanks those websites are great:)
COuld I know why this line is so important?
"If you ever disturb our streets again, Your lives shall pay for the forfeit of the peace."
It's a form of foreshadowing -- a way to let us know where all this is going.
After you read the whole play, come back to this line, and it'll make perfect sense.
Oh alright, thank you Writeacher:D
here is a modern example of a prologue:
Oh sweet, thanks bobpursely for the modern prologue example:)
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