'Romeo and Juliet' - Prologue Key Quotations

"The fearful passage of their death-marked love"

CONTEXT:

The Prologue alludes to the events of the play that are to follow.

THEMES:

Fate; Destiny; Love

LANGUAGE:

Adjective = "death-marked" foreshadows their fates.

"Two star-crossed lovers"

CONTEXT:

The Prologue suggests that it was their destiny to die. Fate was a massively influential idea in the Elizabethan era, with many believing that their own destiny was written in the stars. Think horoscopes.

THEMES:

Individuality; Society; Victims; Fate

LANGUAGE:

Adjective = "star-crossed" suggests that destiny is planned in the stars. Fate.