He wants Romeo to go look for someone at the party to get over his first love Rosaline. This is a bad thing for them since when Romeo and Juliet meet they don't know they are enemies. The servant running into Romeo and Benvolio is fate. If they hadn't run into each other, Romeo would've never met Juliet. In Act 3, Scene 5, Lord Capulet decides to let Paris marry Juliet.
Capulet is not sure because Juliet is so young, however he ends up agreeing with Paris. Capulet invites Paris to the feast. He sends off the guest list with a servant, that can’t read the names. He meets Romeo and Benvolio and asks them for help. Romeo noticed that the list had Rosaline on it, so he dared to go to the feast to meet with her.
Furious over his friend’s death he slays Tybalt when he returns. The Prince arrives after Benvolio told Romeo to run. Benvolio tells the Prince what happened and the Prince orders Romeo’s banishment: Romeo killed him but Tybalt killed Mercutio. Who to pa the price of Mercutio’s death. All are grieve stricken for now they relize how deadly there conflict has become.
Romeo been mad and angered due to the loss of his best friend jumps in and demands to fight Tybalt and slews Tybalt. The night before everything was fine but now Romeo is banished and Juliet is short of a cousin and a husband. Many of Romeo’s actions were rash and uncalled for but as a result to fate it all ties together to the beginning of Romeo and Juliet’s story. Halfway throughout the book fate unexpectedly twists the story to a darker note.
Shakespeare uses a prologue to summarize the play, and hint there will be a tragedy. The Elizabethan audience loved tragedy in plays and would be pleased when they heard about the “star cross’d lovers.” Act one starts with the Capulets and the Montagues having a brawl. The prince says this is not going to happen any more, if it does the Capulets and Montagues will pay with their lives. While this is happening Romeo is love sick about Rosaline. Benvolio tries to cheer Romeo up, he tells him they shall go to the Capulets party in disguise.
The Capulets then arranged a party for Paris and Juliet to meet. While on the street, Romeo and Benvolio are approached by a Capulet servant who invites them to the Capulet party. Romeo agrees to go because he knows that Rosaline will be there. Before Romeo goes to the party he has a dream that something bad will happen if he goes; Benvolio tells him that dreams are meaningless and they leave. When Romeo and his friends arrive they are discovered by Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, Who wants to kill them but is stopped by Juliet’s father.
These together provide suspense and a deeper understanding of the plot as a whole. Act I incorporates foreshadowing early on to suggest that the love of Romeo and Juliet will have terrible consequences. Shakespeare's use of symbolism and tone in this act further suggest that Romeo and Juliet were never supposed to fall in love. Romeo wasn’t even supposed to be at the Capulet’s masquerade ball. Romeo first sees that “this night's revels” (I.iv.109), the night he meets Juliet, will “expire the term/ of a despised life” (I.iv.110), yet he still goes to the party with those risks.
In Act 1, Romeo who is infatuated by Rosaline (who we never meet), goes to the party held by Lord Capulet in order to see Rosaline. He is persuaded by Mercutio and Benvolio to compare Rosaline to the women at the party; the intention being to show Romeo that there is nothing special about Rosaline. He meets Juliet at the party and forgetting Rosaline, falls in love with her. However, the Act ends with the lovers discovering each other’s identity, and the threatening fact that, as Juliet is a Capulet and Romeo a Montague, they belong to feuding families, who would never let them see each other. Some of the most important themes of the play are shown in Act 1 Scene 5.
Juliet's cousin Tybalt, offended that Romeo had sneaked into the Capulet ball, challenges him to a duel. Romeo, now considering Tybalt his kinsman, refuses to fight him. Mercutio is incensed by Tybalt's insolence, as well as Romeo's "vile submission", and accepts the duel on Romeo's behalf. Mercutio is fatally wounded and Romeo, angered by his friend's death, pursues and slays Tybalt. The Prince exiles Romeo from Verona for the killing.
At the beginning of the play the prologue tells us that Romeo and Juliet are a pair of “star crossed lovers.” Romeo believes what will happen will happen. “I fear too early for my mind misgives, some consequence yet hanging in the stars.” Later on when Romeo hears of Juliet’s death he cannot believe it and says, “then I defy you stars.” Romeo says he feels his future is “hanging in the stars” and he is “fortunes fool.” Often in life things happen by chance. Throughout the play there are many incidents that happen by chance. One of these is the accidental meeting of Romeo and the illiterate servant Peter carrying the Capulet’s invitation list. Romeo reads the guest list and finds out that Rosaline, his true love, will be there.