Why is Romeo in disguise and what could he wear? Is it important to the drama of the scene?

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I assume you are talking about Act 1, scene v, when Romeo attends the Capulets party.  Remember that Romeo is esentially in a no man's land, as he is in the house of his sworn enemy, an enemy with whom he had an altercation earlier in the day before the party.  It was absolutely necessary for him to wear a disguise for the event, and for the period, hand-held masks, for both men and women were not uncommon.  This allowed him the freedom to reveal himself to

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