Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Act II, Prologue

Summary

The Prologue to Act II takes the form of another sonnet performed by the Chorus. It summarizes the previous act, noting that Romeo, having met Juliet, has forgotten Rosaline completely. It mentions that Romeo and Juliet face obstacles, but that their love will help them overcome these hurdles.

Analysis

Unlike the first Prologue, which established the dramatic irony underlying the whole play, the Prologue to Act II has much less lofty goals. It does little more than summarize the previous act’s action and establish the overall action of the coming scene, which is primarily what the ancient Greek Chorus, on which this play’s Chorus is patterned, was responsible for doing.

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