What are some examples of a lack of communication in acts 1, 2, or 3 of Romeo and Juliet, preferably act 1 or 2?

One example of a lack of communication is Romeo's failure to tell Mercutio and Benvolio about his love for and plans with Juliet after the balcony scene in act 2.

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In act 1, scene 2, Lord Capulet and Paris discuss a marriage between Juliet and Paris. Juliet is left out of this communication loop as Lord Capulet instructs Paris in the arts of wooing the young Juliet. While Lady Capulet speaks briefly with her daughter about marrying Paris in act 1, Juliet doesn't really understand that this is already a sealed deal. In fact, in act 3, Lord Capulet asks his wife if she has spoken with Juliet about the imminent wedding, and it seems that no one ever got around to this (significant) detail. If Juliet had known that her parents' real intentions we to marry her off to Paris as quickly as possible, she might have made some different decisions following her marriage to Romeo—perhaps even choosing to flee to Mantua with him.

In act 2, scene 6, Friar Lawrence marries Romeo and Juliet secretly. It's important to recall that Juliet is still just thirteen, so it's quite deceptive for him to keep her parents out of this communication loop; she's barely more than a child by any society's standards. While Lord Capulet certainly has a strong personality, it's worth noting that early in the play, he tells Tybalt that "to say truth, Verona brags of [Romeo] / To be a virtuous and well-governed youth" (I.v.73–74). This is evidence that Lord Capulet could have been swayed toward Romeo as a choice for Juliet if the friar had handled the situation with more discernment. The lack of communication on this front made Romeo an impossible outcome as Juliet's husband.

In act 3, scene 1, Tybalt demands that Romeo fight him. Romeo deflects by providing vague statements about suddenly loving Tybalt. Of course, Romeo is referring to the fact that Tybalt is now his family because he has married Juliet, who is Tybalt's cousin. Tybalt has no idea what Romeo is talking about, and this reference to love further incenses Tybalt, who believes that he needs to defend the honor of his family. Again, if Romeo and Tybalt had been able to communicate the truth of the situation, perhaps the bloody fight could have been avoided entirely.

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In act 2, scene 2, after the balcony scene, Mercutio and Benvolio search for Romeo, who disappeared during the Capulet party. They have no idea that Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet, has entirely forgotten about Rosaline, and has made plans to marry Juliet.

When they find him, none of this information is communicated. Romeo, in very high spirits, exchanges a series of witty remarks with Mercutio, matching his friend word for word . He says he had business to attend to when he slipped away from the party, but he doesn't elaborate.

At this crucial juncture where sharing information with his close friends could have saved lives and altered the entire plot, Romeo keeps silent. It is understandable that he would not want word to get out about so transgressive an act as falling in love with a Capulet, but he would have been better off trusting his...

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friends. If Mercutio had more fully understood his intentions, he would have known it was not cowardice keeping Romeo from fighting Tybalt and probably would have refrained from the sword fight that killed him.

Romeo also has a lack of communication of sorts when he doesn't heed the friar's warnings that he is moving too fast with Juliet. However, it is more accurate to say in this instance that the friar communicates and that Romeo refuses to listen. Romeo is highly impulsive and shuts out what he doesn't want to consider.

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Shakespeare uses dramatic irony throughout his play Romeo and Juliet. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something which one or more of the characters is unaware of. Because of this, misunderstandings and lack of communication are prevalent.

The biggest lack of communication is between Romeo with his parents and Juliet with her parents. Nether is able to discuss the most important things in their lives. In fact, there is no scene in which Romeo talks with his parents. For Juliet, it is always a one way discussion with her parents basically telling her what to do and think. Romeo also lacks true communication with Mercutio and Friar Lawrence.

In Act I, Lord Montague has no idea why Romeo is acting so moody and depressed. Rather than talk to his son directly he asks Benvolio to discover Romeo's problem. Lord Montague fails to realize his son is quite the romantic and falls in love easily. It never seems to occur to Romeo to communicate with his father about the fact he has fallen in love with a Capulet.

Even though they are best friends Romeo lacks communication with Mercutio in Act I, Scene 4. Romeo has had a disturbing dream foretelling his imminent death. When he tries to tell Mercutio, his friend, always wanting to be the center of attention, launches into his Queen Mab speech, forgetting to listen to Romeo. At the close of the scene, Romeo tells the audience about his dream. In an aside he says,

I fear too early, for my mind misgivesSome consequence yet hanging in the starsShall bitterly begin his fearful dateWith this night’s revels, and expire the termOf a despisèd life closed in my breastBy some vile forfeit of untimely death.But he that hath the steerage of my courseDirect my sail. On, lusty gentlemen.
The audience may assume that since Mercutio is his closest friend Romeo would discuss his private feelings with him. But Romeo never mentions Juliet to Mercutio. Maybe he is afraid because Mercutio is so committed to the feud and hates the Capulets.
Romeo also lacks communication with Friar Lawrence. The Friar agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet because he thinks it may end the feud. He advises Romeo to take things slow and ease into his love with Juliet. He says in Act II, Scene 4,
Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.
And later when he performs the marriage he reiterates his feeling that Romeo should calm down and reflect on what is happening. He fears that Romeo is rushing into something that may backfire. He says, in Act II, Scene 5,
These violent delights have violent endsAnd in their triumph die, like fire and powder,Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honeyIs loathsome in his own deliciousnessAnd in the taste confounds the appetite.Therefore love moderately. Long love doth so.Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.
Romeo, of course, never listens. He plunges into his love for Juliet without communicating with anyone in his family, and in Act III he impulsively flies into a rage when Tybalt kills Mercutio.
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