Mercutio is one of the main and most interesting characters in Romeo and Juliet. There are three word that I think best describe Mercutio, those words are kind, smart, and brave. This is why those words describe him.
I believe that Shakespeare choose to develop his character, to add a light comedic, contrast the more serious Romeo. He is constantly joking and making puns which adds pace to the play and entertains the audience. Shakespeare has many symbols of light and dark through the play and Mercutio’s role is key to this theme. His light hearted attitude to life and his Queen Mab speech which starts light but becomes very dark and finally his death which which is both light and dark. Mercutio is neither a Montague nor a Capulet, but because he is Romeo's friend, stands with the Montagues. We
In William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, two lovers are bound to death by fate, and the audience is informed of this fact by the large amount of foreshadowing seen throughout the play. In each scene, at least one example of foreshadowing can be seen. This literary device is used to help form the tone of the story and give readers a feeling for what is going to happen next.
Romeo is to blame for Mercutio’s death in Act III of Romeo and Juliet. First of all, Romeo did not fight back when Tybalt insulted him. Tybalt calls Romeo a villain and other various names, but Romeo responds by saying (paraphrase), “I love you more than you believe for we are family, even if you are oblivious to this fact. I love the name Capulet as much as I love my own name”(3.1.72-75). When Romeo says this, Tybalt becomes confused and enraged. He wants to fight, but Romeo is not budging, for he does not want to harm Juliet’s cousin. So instead of Romeo fighting Tybalt, Mercutio fights Tybalt because Romeo will not fight for himself. Romeo steps between them and tries to stop the duel, but Tybalt manages to stab Mercutio underneath Romeo’s
Mercutio is different from Romeo because he does not believe in love and makes fun of Romeo and falling in love so heavily all the time. When Romeo describes his love for Rosaline using a rose with thorns as a metaphor. Mercutio laughs and says ”If love be rough with you, be rough with love; Prick love for pricking and you beat love down”(I.4.27-28). In another scenario of Romeo and Mercutio’s foils is when Romeo tells his friends about a dream he had about the party and is expecting a disastrous outcome of the party. Mercutio makes fun of Romeo because he does not believe that dreams can become visions of impending danger. “ True. I’m talking about dreams, which are the products of a brain that’s doing nothing. Dreams are nothing but silly imagination, as thin as air, and less predictable than the wind, which sometimes blows on the frozen north and then gets angry and blows south”(1.iv.97-107). Romero is a lovestruck man forever trying to find his love and Mercutio resents love and fills his needs and desires with a good party and jokes. Romeo's a tragedy in the play and Mercutio is a comic relief.
Mercutio is the one and only best friend to Romeo. He is very hot tempered, comical, and seems to view life in an unserious manner. He actively teases Romeo about his love life and is the person to stir trouble. At the beginning of the story Romeo dreams of his impending death and expresses it to Mercutio, but Mercutio brushes it off telling Romeo “ True, I talk of dreams; which are the children of an idle brain, beast of nothing but vain in fantasy”, (Act 1, Scene 4, line 98-100). It shows that Mercutio does not take
We perceive that Romeo is innocent due to his apparent love for Tybalt and his clear disesteem to the brawl unfolding. He wanted to advent the violence thrust upon him by his love (Tybalt). He cared too much to fight him but when a good life-long friend, Mercutio, is murdered in front of his very eyes he is shaken to the core. He did this while not in the correct state of mind, cleary in a haze of sorrow and guilt not yet fully comprehending the effects of his actions. His gentle altercation with Tybalt defines his love for his friends and family.
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, end up taking their lives due to sundry aspects. However, there is one overriding aspect responsible for their deaths who happens to be Romeo’s best friend. Mercutio is the most at fault for Romeo and Juliet’s death; Mercutio is the character who ultimately convinces Romeo to attend the Capulet’s feast and because Mercutio challenges Tybalt to a fray — sparking a chain of events.
All men in the world do not appreciate their masculinity to be challenged, which goes against their own code of honor. In the play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Romeo, Tybalt and Mercutio disrupt each other’s codes of honor by their actions in Act III, scene i. These three men’s codes of honor contribute to the tragedy of the play because of their views on masculinity, such as when Tybalt kills Mercutio and when Romeo kills Tybalt.
William Shakespeare wrote in one of his other works,”Go wisely and slow. Those who rush stumble and fall,” This theme of thinking before you act and before you speak are both revalent themes in Romeo and Juliet. In Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, the characters of Romeo and Juliet teach the readers three important lessons in their tragic love story. These characters show the importance to communicate effectively, thinking before an action, and understanding that all actions have consequences.
When Romeo and Mercutio is talking to each other, Romeo said “Not I, Believe me. You have dancing shoes with nimble soles; I have a soul of lead so stakes me to the ground I cannot move”(I. iv.14-16). Romeo is overcome with sadness because of his love struck condition. Mercutio mocks Romeo’s vision of love and the devices he uses to express his emotions. Romeo and Mercutio are talking to one another, and Mercutio said “You are a lover. Borrow cupid's wings and soar with them above a common”(I. iv. 17-18). Since Romeo is in a way that he does not want to be joked around with. Mercutio is determined to cheer him up. He is making fun of Romeo, but he is doing it in a friendly way. This comes together because Shakespeare is showing that Mercutio is a happy, joker, and Romeo is like a sad panda of some
Romeo tells Tybalt, “I do protest I never injur’d thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise” (162). Romeo tells Tybalt he loves him but cannot tell him the reason why, the reason being they are technically family now through his marriage to Juliet. Mercutio grows frustrated because Tybalt calls Romeo a villain, Mercutio believes Tybalt should not get away with being so insulting. Romeo reacts to being called a villain by saying “I love you so I don’t care that you called me a bad name. But you clearly don’t know me very well, goodbye!” He brushes off the comment while Mercutio is infuriated by it. This of course leads to Mercutio and Tybalt’s battle.
Are you a person that likes to play a little too much? The character Mercutio in the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare is a round, static character that likes to have fun and is also loyal. Sometimes, he can be a not so nice person when something doesn’t go his way. His actions and personality will come back at him later in the play, even though he says that other people are responsible for his death.
Mercutio, Romeo’s close friend and Benvolio, Romeo’s cousin, both walk in in the streets of Verona. The Capulets are wandering around and Benvolio does not want to bump into them and start a fight. As Mercutio and Benvolio talk, the Capulets goes towards them. Tybalt greets Mercutio and Benvolio and as they talk, Romeo enters, the man who Tybalt is looking for. Romeo walks towards them and Tybalt says, “Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford No better term than this: thou art a villain.” Tybalt insults Romeo, but Romeo doesn’t get mad. Mercutio draws his sword to Tybalt and says, “O calm dishonourable, vile submission! Alla stoccata carries away. Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?” As Mercutio and Tybalt fight in the streets of Verona,
Mercutio is a good friend to Romeo. The role he plays is a major impact in the story. He can be considered Mother Nature because he can be witty, funny and of course, serious all at the same time. He is an audience favorite because of his witty remarks and attitude. His death is so important because of his curse he puts on both families. Also, the play goes from comedic, happy side to complete tragedy because, after Mercutio is killed by Tybalt. Tybalt is killed by Romeo, who is his kinsman, through Juliet. Then, as we know, at the end, both Romeo and Juliet die.