Romeo and Juliet Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why is the play called "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet"?

The play is called a tragedy because, as the prologue explains, the title characters will kill themselves before the end of the play. Their feuding families caused their deaths, and only their deaths could end the feud between the families.

2. What is the cause of the current feud between the two families, according to the Act 1 prologue?

The prologue does not specify a cause for the feud, only referring to it as an ancient grudge. The word ancient implies that the feud may be so old no one remembers the cause. However, the old grudge has broken out into new fights recently.

3. What, according to the Act 1 prologue, will comprise the traffic of the stage?

The story of Romeo and Juliet's love, their difficulties in pursuing it, and the ongoing battle between their parents will be the main events of the play.

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