Narrator General

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  • Narrator; Beginning
    • First character we meet is the narrator
    • Narrator takes the audience through the play
      • Acts as a prologue
    • Involves and engages the audience by speaking to them directly
    • Sets the tone for tragedy
    • Introduces us to the characters in the play and gives us info about them
    • appears dressed in black could signify mourning or death
      • No character speaks to him on the stage. The fact they don't acknowledge him gives him a ghost like quality
    • Introduces us to themes of fate, destiny and superstition
      • But at the end he asks the audience to consider if it was social forces rather than 'fate' that caused the tragedy
    • Key role is foreshadowing

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