Where was Romeo?in act 1

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, the author shows us Romeo going off to hide in a grove of trees outside the city of Verona. he is acting up the typical 'spurned lover' role because Rosaline will not give him what he wants (her love in return for his.) So he acts all depressed and seems to be making it worse by wallowing in self-pity all by himself. He does not even want to see Benvolio. In his rejection he acts all moody , depressed and dissociative and rejects the company of those around him. Shakespeare shows us this to illustrate and highlight between this puppy love and the 'real' love he feels when he meets Juliet - then he goes to socialise in the square instead of being alone.

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

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Specifically, Romeo was

underneath the grove of sycamore that westward rooteth from this city side

according to Benvolio. Her further said that this was in the morning and so Benvolio started walking towards him. Romeo saw Benvolio coming and Romeo

stole into the covert of the wood.

Romeo used the covering of the forested trees to hide himselve from Benvolio. We can assume he stayed there during the duration of the fight until he came walking and ran into Benvolio later.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In part of Act I (Scene 2) we know where Romeo is because we see him.  In the other part (Scene 1) we do not know for sure, but we have some idea because of something Benvolio says.  We are told that he has gone out walking

In Scene 1, Benvolio tells Romeo's moher that Romeo has been out walking around sadly.  At this point, we don't know why, but we later find out it's because he's heartbroken about Rosaline.

We find that out in Scene 2 when we see Benvolio and Romeo walking and talking on a street in Verona.

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