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In Romeo and Juliet, how do both of Romeo and Juliet find out that their families are...

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sokamoka | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 26, 2011 at 8:18 AM via web

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In Romeo and Juliet, how do both of Romeo and Juliet find out that their families are enemies?

In my book about Romeo and Juliet, its written:

when the dancing was finished Romeo watched the place where the lady stood. The mask covering his face might seem to excuse a little the freedom with which he went up to her and, gently taking her hand, spoke to her in loving words whispers while looking deep into her eyes. Though her replies were those of a lady, her heart was shaken and moved by the sight of this young man.

When the lady was called away to her mother, Romeo asked who her mother was. He then discovered that the lady whose perfect bauty had soon greatly struck him was young Juliet, daghter and heir of the lord Capulet, the great enemy of the Montagues - and to her unknowingly, he had given his heart. This troubled him, but it couldnt prevent him from loving her. Juliet too, had little rest when she found that the gentleman to whom she had been talking was Romeo and a Montague, since she had been struck with the same sudden and unthinking love for him as he had felt for her. It seemed to her a perfect birth of love, that she should love her enemy when, for family reasons alone, she ought to hate him.

 

NOw plzz could anyone help me in that question as soon as possible, the answer is in the text above, could anyone tell me the answer in simple few sentences plzz.

 

Thanks alot for the one who will help me in that question.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 28, 2011 at 5:14 AM (Answer #1)

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In your text, it reads "when the young lady was called away to her mother, Romeo asked who her mother was." This is a little confusing since the "her" that Romeo addresses is unclear. However, in the original text (Act I, scene 5) we see that Juliet is called away by her nurse; this is the woman that answers Romeo's question revealing Juliet's identity. In the same selection of the original text, we see that Juliet also questions her nurse and is informed of Romeo's identity. Thus, both Romeo and Juliet found out that their families were enemies by questioning Juliet's nurse.

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