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

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droxonian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act I, Scene V, Romeo becomes captivated by Juliet at the ball in the Capulets' house. He describes her beauty as "too rich for use," although of course he does not know who she is. Romeo approaches Juliet, courts her with words and requests a kiss, which she eventually grants. At this juncture, however, the Nurse interrupts Juliet to say she is wanted by her mother, at which point Romeo realizes that Juliet is a Capulet. Juliet, too, is dismayed when the Nurse explains who Romeo is "my only love sprung from my only hate!"

Despite their misgivings, however, the next scene, Act II, Scene I, opens with Romeo leaping over the wall into the Capulets' orchard. Mercutio assumes he has gone home to bed, but Benvolio knows better: Romeo has gone to speak to Juliet. Act II, Scene II is the famous "balcony scene" in which Juliet appears aloft at a window and Romeo soliloquizes on her beauty until Juliet, too, begins to speak as if to herself about the troubled situation in which the lovers find themselves. At this point, Romeo reveals himself and they begin a dialogue.

james0tucson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

sdchumley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

jess1999 | Student

Romeo stays at the Capulet's house hoping to see Juliet  . Which he does by hopping over one of the wall , which leads to the famous balcony scene .

annettemelton | Student

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