ABSTRACT

The Prologue promised us a second, public story: “The continuance of their parents rage.” The Montagues and the Capulets may be both “alike in dignity,” but Shakespeare creates individuals here as elsewhere, not generic parents who are interchangeable. They produce very different children, for one, and in trying to understand the families it is fair to take the characteristics of their progeny into account. Other clues are there right from the beginning.