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In "Romeo and Juliet, " instead of returning home, where does Romeo go after...

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woodrum101 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 23, 2008 at 2:25 AM via web

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In "Romeo and Juliet, " instead of returning home, where does Romeo go after the ball?

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sdchumley | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 23, 2008 at 2:58 AM (Answer #1)

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After the ball, Romeo stays at the Capulet house (outside of it) because he feels he has met his souldmate in Juliet. He says, "Can I go forward when my heart is here? / Turn back, dull earth, and find thy center out" (2.1.1-2). He tells his body he must stay put to remain joined (at least in spirit) with his soul's center: Juliet.


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james0tucson | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 23, 2008 at 3:14 AM (Answer #2)

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The ball is where Romeo and Juliet have each learned the name of the other.  Romeo has left Capulet's house after being threatened by Tybalt, so he has made a fairly hasty exit, most unwelcome at this party.  But he only pretends to leave.  Benvolio and Mercutio both call for him, encouraging him that he should continue to pursue Rosaline (or other women who might not be such a challenge.)

 I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes, By her high forehead and her scarlet lip, By her fine foot, straight leg and quivering thigh And the demesnes that there adjacent lie, That in thy likeness thou appear to us! 

But Romeo ignores this bawdy summons, jumps the Capulets' garden wall, and goes to Juliet's balcony.


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annettemelton | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 7, 2009 at 1:58 AM (Answer #3)

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he stays outside the capulets house waiting to see juliet and when he does he aproaches her and speaks to her about his love

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