In the tragic story by William Shakespeare known as Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio, a close friend of Romeo, displays the tragic flaw of insolence through his disrespectful comments. When Romeo was hesitant to go to the Capulet Party because of a dream that foreshadowed his death, Mercutio was quick to dismiss it and mocked his friend. He classified dreams as “the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy” (Shakespeare ACT I Scene 4). By saying this, Mercutio implies that Romeo’s dream shows that he is dumb because he believes his dream might come true even though dreams are not reality. Mercutio’s words show his rude and disrespectful behavior because he is mocking and taunting Romeo who is sharing something he believes to be
Mercutios relationship with Romeo is a foil because their beliefs are extremely controversial with each other's. Fates, dreams and love are few of the thoughts where they disagree, and there opinions on each matter were shown a myriad throughout the play , this is shown to be true when Romeo states, "In bed asleep, while they do dreams come true" (1.4, lns 52). This quote supports my answer because Romeo is stating that your dream are prophecies where Mercutio, "...nothing but fantasy" (1.4, lns 98) believes that they mean nothing and are just childish thought. Another quote from the text that supports my answer is between Romeo and Mercutio, "And, to sink in it, should you burden love- too great oppression for a tender thing" (1.4, lns 23-24)
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.
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.
Romeo allows his thirst for revenge to cloud his logical reasoning when he kills Tybalt who has just murdered Mercutio, Romeo’s best friend. Mercutio defends Romeo against Tybalt’s insults with comebacks and later his sword. As Romeo attempts to intervene, Mercutio is stabbed by Tybalt and Romeo is enraged. Once he finds out from Benvolio that the wound had killed him, Romeo,”Who had but newly entertained revenge,” (III.i.173), kills Tybalt and flees the scene. Romeo declined to
Mercutio is making light of Romeo’s deep depressing love for Rosaline, he’s mocking love and making it a joke. This creates an emphasis on Romeo’s utter affixation with love. Mercutio’s playfulness and ability to make a serious subject humorous and reasonable bring out the deep, dark, and depressing side of Romeo, who is completely the opposite when it comes to love. Romeo does not see love as a joke and we see him fall into a depression, Mercutio only makes this sadness more apparent as he talks so jokingly of love. Shakespeare uses Mercutio to lighten Romeo’s depression and make it more
In the text it states “Staying for thine to keep him company; Either thou or I, or both, must go with him.” In these lines, Romeo is saying that Mercutio is above their heads waiting for either Tybalt, Romeo, or both of them to be there with him. I do not think that Romeo thought this out thoroughly. Romeo had just married the cousin of Tybalt which is a Capulet about an hour before this scene takes place, Romeo should have thought about his wife than of revenge. In this scene, Romeo goes to find Tybalt so they can fight about Mercutio’s death.
This meant that Juliet could not admit she was already married to Romeo her “enemy”. “He’s alive and victorious, and Mercutio’s dead . Enough time with mercy and consideration”act 3 scene 1 line 1. This shows that Tybalt had killed Mercutio because Mercutio hung with Romeo and hated Montagues. This lead to the death of Mercutio.
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.
Throughout the whole play both Romeo and Mercutio were there for each other when in need of a friend or even just some comforting words. Mercutio always seems to say the right things to put Romeo back on track and in focus. While Romeo was relentlessly weeping over his unrequited love for Rosaline, Mercutio, with his wise and caring words said, “‘Why is not this not better than groaning for love? Now art thou sociable.
He feels much pain coursing through his blood from his friends murder, possibly due to the fact that he made him stop fighting leaving him vulnerable to the fatal blow of Tybalt. Though Mercutio isn’t the only person Romeo feels sorry for, even when innocent he still feels sorrow for Tybalt mainly in the fact that he is his cousin-in-law. After Tybalt is slain Romeo states, “O, I am a fortune’s fool. ”(p 49). This is his recognition of of the misfortunes that have befallen him with his cousin-in-law and best friend.