“…the two hours’ traffic of our stage.”
Tonight, you will do some additional analysis about word choice in the prologue of Romeo and Juliet, but first please do the following activity. You will need your copy of the prologue and three different colored pens or three highlighters.
- With one color, underline all words having to do with love.
- With a second color, underline all words having to do with hate or fighting.
- With a third color, underline all words having to do with two or pairs.
Once you have completed this activity, please write an analysis of your findings by answering the following question:
In the Prologue, what relationship does Shakespeare establish between love and hate and the number or idea of two? How do his specific word choices illustrate this relationship? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.