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What is an example of situational irony in Act II, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet?

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tear-of-blood4 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 11, 2008 at 2:15 PM via web

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What is an example of situational irony in Act II, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet?

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Susan Woodward | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 12, 2008 at 1:41 AM (Answer #1)

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In Act II, scene i, Mercutio and Benvolio see Romeo sneak off behind the Capulet house.  Romeo initially came to the party because he wanted to see his one true love (Rosaline), and he ended up meeting his newest love, Juliet.  Mercutio believes that Romeo is sneaking behind the Capulet house to be with Rosaline, and he calls bawdy jokes to Romeo.  It is ironic that Romeo is looking for his "one true love", but it's not who Mercutio thinks.  Mercutio tries to "conjure" Romeo up by calling out Rosaline's name, but he no longer cares for her since seeing Juliet.

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