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Why does Romeo decide to go to the party in Act 1, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet by...

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iamnocturnal | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM via web

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Why does Romeo decide to go to the party in Act 1, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare?

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graceling | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 30, 2012 at 6:25 AM (Answer #1)

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Benvoilo wishes to get romeo out of the bad mood his in(Rosaline isn't in love with romeo and has sworn to a life of chasity which makes romeo gloomy and sad) and so tells romeo to go to the party to meet other women(but romeo goes instead to see rosaline) then when he enters the party romeo sees juliet and instintly falls in love and forgets all about rosealine

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM (Answer #2)

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In Act 1, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Benvolio encounter a servant on the street. The servant was asked to deliver invitations to a list of people, but being illiterate, cannot read the list. Romeo agrees to read the list and in exchange for the favour, the servant invites Romeo to the party. Benvolio, hearing that Rosaline will be at the party, suggests that Romeo accept the invitation. Because Romeo is in love with Rosaline, he agrees to go to the party in order to watch Rosaline.

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted February 1, 2015 at 6:06 PM (Answer #3)

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Romeo had considered himself in love with Rosaline, but now that they are no longer together, he is very depressed. Benvolio wants Romeo to get out of his funk and wants him to have fun. When the Capulet's servant asks for help in reading the list for the invitation to the ball, Romeo helps the man. In exchange for his help, the servant invites him to the party. Romeo sees Rosaline's name on the list, so he agrees to go to the party with Benvolio. 

Romeo goes to the party to be able to see Rosaline, but the minute he lays eyes on Juliet, he is instantly in love with her. His intention for going to the party was to watch the woman he thought he loved, but by being there, he found his true love. Some say that Romeo was fickle. He considered himself to be in love with Rosaline, but when he sees Juliet, he is instantly in love with her. However, the thought of love at first sight, is a thought we all would like to believe in. Although the story of Romeo and Juliet is a tragic one, it is also a story of love and the lengths one will go to for the person they love. Romeo and Juliet will forever live on as the case for true love.

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