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mrusso93 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 3) eNoter

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What quotes or passages portray the theme of miscommunication in Act 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 12, 2013 at 2:21 AM (Answer #1)

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The theme of miscommunication is best portrayed in Act 2 through the fact that Benvolio and Mercutio are completely unaware Romeo has suddenly switched from loving Rosaline to loving the enemy's daughter, Juliet.

We see this theme of miscommunication best portrayed in the second scene of Act 2. In this scene, both Benvolio and Mercutio wander about the Capulets' grounds in search of Romeo, believing he has either run off in pursuit of Rosaline or run off to be by himself while he mopes over Rosaline's loss. Mercutio even mocks Romeo for still being lovelorn over Rosaline, even though Benvolio tries to stop him. We especially see Mercutio's misguided notions about Romeo due to miscommunication when he mocks Romeo by "conjuring" him, calling,"Romeo! humours! madman! passion! lover! / Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh" (II.i.10-11). He even further shows his misguided notion that Romeo is still pining for Rosaline in his line, "I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes" (19). 

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