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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Textual Analysis: Prologue

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A prologue is a standard dramatic convention in Renaissance plays.

…let the prologue seem to say, we will do no harm with our swords, and that Pyramus is not killed indeed; and, for the more better assurance, tell them that I Pyramus am not Pyramus, but Bottom the weaver. This will put them out of fear.

According to Bottom’s instructions for Quince, what does he think a prologue does?

A

A prologue is used to give background information as well as possibly foreshadow the outcome of the play.

B

A prologue is used to introduce the actors playing the various parts in the play as well as the director and producer.

C

A prologue is used to explain any background to allusions used in the play so that the audience will not be confused or misled by any of the action or dialogue of the play.

D

A prologue is used to explain the action onstage and ease the audience’s fears about anything scary that might happen onstage.

E

A prologue is used to provide explanations of the author’s purpose, style, and word choice.