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What were Benvolio and Mercutio doing after the party in Act 2, Scene 1 of...

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smallxlady216 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 21, 2009 at 9:53 AM via web

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What were Benvolio and Mercutio doing after the party in Act 2, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

 

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

Posted July 10, 2013 at 2:53 AM (Answer #1)

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Immediately after the ball, in Act 2, Scene 1, Benvolio and Mercutio go walking about the Capulets' grounds in search of Romeo who has run off. Mercutio does not seem to be concerned at all about Romeo, but Benvolio seems to be afraid to leave Romeo by himself on enemy territory, hence Benvolio's insistence that they continue looking for him. We see Mercutio's resistance to look for Romeo when he tries to dissuade Benvolio from searching, stating, "He is wise / And, on my life, hath stol'n him home to bed" (II.i.5). Mercutio even further shows his resistance in searching for Romeo through his jokes about Romeo, saying that he'll "conjure" Romeo (8). However, Benvolio insists on searching, stating that he saw Romeo leap over the "orchard wall" (6). Regardless, Benvolio eventually gives up the search, saying that it's useless when Romeo obviously doesn't wish to be found.

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