What is Benvolio's advice to Romeo?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I assume that you are talking about the advice Benvolio gives to Romeo in Act I, Scene 1.  In that scene, we see Romeo for the first time.  He is moping around because he is lovesick.  He is totally in love with this woman named Rosaline but she is not really interested in him.

Benvolio's advice to Romeo is to just quit thinking about Rosaline.  Romeo cannot believe this is possible and asks Benvolio how he is supposed to do that.  Benvolio tells him to do it by looking at other girls.  He figures that Romeo should look at other beautiful girls and that will make him forget Rosaline.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think you are referring to Benvolio and Romeo's discussion about Rosaline. Romeo shares that he is in love with a woman who doesn't want to love him back, her excuse is that she plans to live chaste. This occurs in Act I, scene i.

Benvolio suggests first that he forget Rosaline. The he suggests that Romeo check out other women.

Here's specifically what he said:

By giving liberty unto thine eyes;
Examine other beauties.

They take advantage of this opportunity in Act I, scene v by going to a party at the Capulet's house.

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