CONFLICTCHARACTERIZATIONSIMILEMETAPHORPoint of ViewAllusionImageryPersonificationHyperboleIronyOxymoronProtagonistAntagonistPrologueA prologue is an introductory part of a play or literary work. The main purpose of a prologueis to provide some background information that is important for the current story or text. The prologue provides the reader with information about the characters and their backgrounds that is necessary for us to understand the story we are about to read.Examples of Prologue:
From Romeo and Juliet (provides information about the Montague and Capulet families and the "star-crossed" love of Romeo and Juliet):
"Two households, both alike in dignity
(In fair Verona, where we lay our scene),
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life,
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-marked love
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, naught could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage-
The which, if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend."Epilogue
An epilogue comes at the end of a text, and it provides a comment or reflection on what has occurred in the text. An epilogue is the opposite of a prologue, which comes at the beginning and provides background information prior to the story. The purpose of an epilogue is to provide commentary or additional information after the conclusion of the text. Often, we learn the fates of the characters in the epilogue.Examples of Epilogue:
Epilogue from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet:
"A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
The sun for sorrow will not show his head.
Go hence to have more talk of these sad things,
Some shall be pardoned, and some punished,
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."MoodToneAlliterationParadoxJuxtapositionThemePractice Tests/Quizzes