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Act 1 scene 5 is set at the Capulets House on the night of the Capulet family ball It is an important scene in the play because it is the first time when Romeo and Juliet meet and realise their love for one another In the play leading up to this scene we find out that the play is set in Verona and about the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues We learn of Romeos love for Rosaline and his melancholy mood after she rejects his advances Romeos cousin Benvolio tries to take Romeos mind off Rosaline and suggests finding a new woman When an illiterate Capulet Servant comes and needs help to read an invitation to the Capulet Ball it becomes apparent to Benvolio that this will be the perfect chance for Romeo to find someone new Benvolio Act I Scene II Go thither and with unattainted eye compare her face with some that I shall show and I will make thee think thy swan a crow referring to Rosaline We also learn that Juliet has been requested by Paris to be his wife and they have plans to meet at the Capulet Ball This shows Shakespeares intentions that the play be about fate how Romeo just happened to come across an illiterate servant delivering the invites and how it was that party that Paris decides to introduce himself to Juliet The scene starts with servants and the hosts preparing the house for the Capulet ball Everything is rushed and the speech is kept to a minimum After this part in the scene the guests start to arrive and Lord Capulet makes his opening speech to the guests Welcome gentlemen Ladies that have their toes Unplagued with corns will have a bout with you Ah ha my mistresses Which of you all
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