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1. Why does Romeo and Juliet open in a prologue? What's the effect of the Prologue on our
response, and how is it related to the rest of the plsy?
2. How do references to lofty and darkness (throughout the play) influence our view of Romeo
and Juliet and our response to the play?
Short rhyming lines - puck and Oberon
Act5s1- original script - Theseus (not in orignial draft - Such shaping fantasies, that
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
Are of imagination all compact. - The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to aery nothing
A local habitation and a name.) become a self inclusion passage. Strong emphasis on the
poet (himself) of the play. Poets are a truly creative - giving a form to things that is not there.
Change our views on theseus - kinder, gentler, outgoing and humane. What good is poetry?
Expose the rational, world beyond reasoning, more human approach to the people coming on
stage. Emotional depth, Impulses, the play itself have awaken him. Theseus change.
Bottom - his vision all mixed up, play within a play. Synaesthesia - rely on higher form of
conscious. To move outside of logic and into intuition. Comprehend and apprehend.
Puck and Oberon - puck - a threat, the speech that puck is using have the power to do it.most
terrifying of human truth are put forth through poems and play. Understanding the power
imagination - coping the deepest terror in the real world. It's a world of nature. Outside the city
- the forest.
David Abram - spell of esentualist - becoming animal - nature. Language and nature
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