How did Romeo and Juliet meet?

Romeo and Juliet meet when Romeo sneaks into Lord Capulet's masked ball alongside Benvolio and Mercutio.

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In the opening scene of the play, Romeo is a melancholy young man who is heartbroken from Rosaline's unrequited love. Romeo spends the majority of his days and nights alone, and his parents are extremely worried about him. At the request of Romeo's parents, Benvolio inquires about the source of...

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In the opening scene of the play, Romeo is a melancholy young man who is heartbroken from Rosaline's unrequited love. Romeo spends the majority of his days and nights alone, and his parents are extremely worried about him. At the request of Romeo's parents, Benvolio inquires about the source of Romeo's depression and offers him words of encouragement. In scene 2, Benvolio and Romeo are approached by one of Lord Capulet's servants and invited to his masked ball. Romeo reluctantly agrees to attend the Capulets' masquerade and joins a group of his close friends to infiltrate their enemy's party.

Although Romeo experiences a disturbing premonition and believes that seeing Rosaline at the party will only make him feel worse, he follows Benvolio and Mercutio's lead and enters Lord Capulet's home. In act 1, scene 5, it is love at first sight when Romeo sees Juliet for the first time. Romeo compares Juliet's beauty to the "rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear" and approaches her.

During Romeo and Juliet's first interaction, they both use religious references in their speech that function as an extended metaphor that elevates their mutual attraction and symbolizes that their love is holy and pure. However, Tybalt recognizes Romeo's voice at the party and vows to get revenge.

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