Act 2, Scene 1

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Benvolio and Mercutio search for the lovelorn Romeo in vain.

Summary

After another introduction from the chorus, informing us that Romeo and Juliet have officially fallen in love, Romeo steps onstage to inform us that he finds himself unable to leave the Capulets’ because he’s so drawn to Juliet. After he withdraws in search of Juliet, Benvolio and Mercutio appear in search of him. Mercutio tries to draw him out using Rosaline’s name, but the two are unsuccessful and decide to call it quits.

 

Character Interview: Mercutio & Benvolio

MyShakespeare | Romeo & Juliet 2.1 Interview with Mercutio and Benvolio