Explore The Character Of Mercutio In Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet has many themes which are fate, death and love, these are all intertwined. At the very beginning of the play, before we even know the characters, we know that ‘death-marked’ ‘Star crossed lovers’ will ‘take their lives’ which already brings in the major themes. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony throughout the play and builds up the tension until Act 3 scene 1 where death starts to play a role. The Prologue also informs us about the Montagues and Capulets dislike for each other. The theme of love is also there thought the play. There are different types of love, the unrequited love the Romeo feels for Rosaline and that Paris feels for Juliet. There is also the love between friends such as with Romeo and Mercutio as Mercutio dies to protect Romeo’s honour and then Romeo avenges his death, and then the romantic love Romeo and Juliet share. I believe the Mercutio is one of the main characters in this play. His speeches tell us a lot about him and his actions have a large affect on the ending of the play. Mercutio’s name means mercurial meaning “an unpredictable and fast changing mood” which is an accurate description of Mercutio's personality because in Queen Mabs speech at the beginning he is joking and seeking attention, but at the end he becomes serious and angry.
Mercutio is the comic character in the play and when he dies, the humour is replaced by seriousness. He is a relative of The Prince who is serious and formal whereas Mercutio is informal . Because he is neither a Montague nor a Capulet he can chose not to be involved in there feud yet the death of Mercutio increases the tension between the two families. He is a close friend of Romeo and Benvolio although he is very different to both. Mercutio likes to hold the floor and is very imaginative “A gentleman who loves to hear himself talk and will speak more in a minute then he will stand to in a month” (Romeo) such as with Queen Mabs Speech in which he also shows his attitudes towards women. “Angry Mab with blisters plagues...tainted.” Mercutio doesn’t believe in romantic love “A blind-bow boy’s butt shaft.” His views on romance are that you are foolish to be in love which is what he thinks about Romeo. Mercutio is quite cynical because he calls love a “butt shaft” this could mean that he is a cynic although Romeo says “He jests at scars that never felt a wound” Which means he has never been on the receiving end of love so his feelings towards women are mostly physical. Romeo and Mercutio understand each other very well and after Romeo meets Juliet, the audience see the Romeo before Rosaline and how the conversation flows freely between them. Romeo cares enough about Mercutio to risk his life and his relationship with Juliet by taking vengeance for Mercutio’s death. Although one of Romeo's best friends, Mercutio’s attitude can annoy Romeo. At the same time, Mercutio is frustrated with Romeo's depression because of his unrequited love however,...

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