Prologue Quiz Answer: Pun
“Loins” is an example of a pun. A pun is a literary device exploiting the different meanings of a word for ironic or comedic effect. “Loins ” has several meanings. They include: (1) The womb; (2) Reproductive organs; (3) The region of the hips, groin and lower abdomen.
The obvious meaning of “loins” in the prologue is womb, insomuch that from the womb of the two enemies (fatal foes), in this case the aforementioned fighting families (Montagues and Capulets), come two lovers, Romeo, son of Montague and Juliet, daughter of Capulet. Those familiar with the play also recognize that Romeo and Juliet’s region of the hips, groin and lower abdomen perhaps lead them on foolishly, making their own loins fatal as well.
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