Romeo and Juliet Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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Romeo agrees with Benvolio's plan to go to the Capulets's because he hopes to do what?  

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The answer to this question can be found in act 1, scene 2. Romeo is still whining about how his dear Rosaline would rather be celibate than be with him. Benvolio has been trying to convince Romeo that there are plenty of other beautiful women in Verona for him to woo and be with, but Romeo simply will not be convinced. Romeo and Benvolio then learn about the Capulet party, and Benvolio suggests that they attend so that Romeo may compare Rosaline's looks to all of the other beautiful women in attendance. Benvolio is convinced that there is no way that Rosaline's looks can hold up to the other women in attendance.

At this same ancient feast of Capulet's
Sups the fair Rosaline whom thou so lovest,
With all the admired beauties of Verona:
Go thither; and, with unattainted eye,
Compare her face with some that I shall show,
And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.

Romeo doesn't think that is possible; however, he does decide to attend the Capulet party. He admits to Benvolio that he will attend because he knows that Rosaline will be there, and Romeo can at least watch her.

I'll go along, no such sight to be shown,
But to rejoice in splendor of mine own.

Benvolio ends up being correct because once Romeo sees Juliet, he has eyes for no other lady.

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You could argue that he was bullied into going to the Capulet's party.  At this point, Romeo is extremely upset because Rosaline does not return his love.  Benvolio's solution to the dilemma is that Romeo "examine other beauties." (Act 1, Scene 1, Line 222)  After they find out about the party, Benvolio insists that he will make Romeo "think thee swan a crow."  (A1 S2 L85)  In other words, Benvolio is saying that by flirting/checking out other ladies at the party, Rosaline will pale in comparison and he'll soon forget about her.  Romeo finally agrees to go to the party, not for Benvolio's reasons, but to simply be in Rosaline's presence.

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....see Rosaline, a young girl he is infatuated with. Once at the ball, he meets Juliet and falls in love with her, forgetting his fascination with Rosaline. Does this show the impulsive side of Romeo's nature or does this encounter contrasted with his previous "fixation" on another girl portray the difference between infatuation and true love?

(This is purely a rhetorical open-end question with no "right" or "wrong" answer.)


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