How to Cite a Prologue of a Play

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The prologue of a play is generally the section before the first act. Learn how to cite a prologue of a play with help from an educator with experience in both reading and writing in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Cristina Gutierrez-Brewster. I'm an English teacher, and today I'll be explaining how to properly cite a prologue of a play in a research paper. Now, prologues aren't much different from the way that you normally do any citation from a play which is when you normally do it, you start with the act, a period, the scene, a period and the verses, followed by a period. These are usually all in parenthesis. Now, when you do a, a prologue, it doesn't change much. In a prologue, you have the act number, the period, the word prologue, period and because prologues are usually relatively short, you just want to include no scenes, nothing like that, just the verses themselves, followed by a period. So, if you were to use this in an example, you would say, usually start in with your parenthetical lead in sentence, as we see in the prologue, start with a comma, open your quote, "two star crossed lovers" are doomed from the start. After you've ended your sentence, put the parenthesis, no period, the act number; so, on this one it's actually Romeo and Juliet, that's act one, the word prologue, another period and then the verse that that appears in. I'm going to guess here that was verse six, close the parenthesis and then put your period. Once again, that was how to properly cite the prologue of a play. My name is Cristina Gutierrez-Brewster.


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