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What complications of plot arise in Act 1, Scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet?

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In Act One, Scene Two of Romeo and Juliet, several major complications of plot unfold, both resulting in the same outcome.

First, Lord Capulet discusses Paris' intentions of marrying Capulet's daughter, Juliet. Lord Capulet knows that Juliet is not even fourteen years old yet (and, thus, too young to be a wife); however, he also knows that Paris would be a good match for Juliet due to the fact that he is a wealthy kinsman of the Prince. Still, he realizes that "too soon marred are those so early made" and that his own approval is not enough to seal the deal. Juliet must be willing to become Paris' wife. Thus, Lord Capulet invites Paris to the masquerade ball that he will be having that evening in order to give Paris the opportunity to woo the girl. Of course, as we will soon discover, this also gives Romeo and Juliet the opportunity to meet!

Second, Romeo is still pining over his unrequited love for Rosaline when a messenger asks him to read a list of names out loud to him—the names of those who are being invited by Capulet to the aforementioned ball. Discovering that Rosaline is on this list of attendees, Romeo and friends decide to go to the ball, disguising themselves in order to hide the fact that they are Montagues. Again, this plot complication is what will lead to the chance meeting of the story's star-crossed lovers!

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Act II, Scene 2 is a pivotal scene in Romeo and Juliet.  Up until this point, the two young lovers have met and fallen in love at first sight, but have not really discussed it.  In this scene, Romeo professes his love to Juliet (on the famous balcony) and Juliet reciprocates.

This introduces several complications in the plot.  The feud between the Montagues and the Capulets explored in Act I now has new meaning, as lovers from each family unite.  Their plan to marry is sure to cause conflict.  Juliet’s family is not likely to approve, and this will put Romeo in danger.  Juliet assures him of this, and he says he doesn’t care because he loves her.  So they have acknowledged the danger and are moving forward.  Nothing but drama can await them!


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