Mercutio's Role In Romeo And Juliet

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In the novel Romeo and Juliet, there are characters that have structural roles to play. These characters have a deeper and more significant meaning to the story than how they are literally interpreted by the reader. One of these character is Mercutio, a blood relative of the Prince and a close friend of Romeo. Mercutio's role in Romeo and Juliet is to provide the masculine comic potential through the action of degrading love in a joking fashion as observed in the Queen Mab speech, the taunting of the Nurse, and the taunting of Romeo through Rosaline.
One example of how Mercutio is the masculine comic potential is through the Queen Mab speech. “This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs,/ That presses them and learns them first to bear,/ Making them women of good carriage./ This is she—”(Shakespeare, 1.4.92-95.)
Another instance in which Mercutio is the masculine comic potential is through the taunting of the Nurse. When the Nurse is trying to relay a message to Romeo, Mercutio steps in to talk to her. “'No hare, sir, unless a hare, sir, in a Lenten pie—that is,
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When Mercutio and Benvolio are trying to find Romeo, Mercutio attempts to provoke him into coming back by stating, “I conjure thee by Rosaline’s bright eyes,/ By her high forehead and her scarlet lip,/ By her fine foot, straight leg and quivering thigh/ And the demesnes that there adjacent lie,”(Shakespeare, 2.1._-_.) The use of sexual implications give the scene more comic potential as it makes a nice contrast to the rapidly moving tragic potential of Romeo’s love. Mercutio attempts to goad Romeo by using images of Rosaline’s body. Mercutio is the a person that is able to prevent Romeo from tragic love as he has a different viewpoint on love and is the masculine comic potential. Knowing this, if Mercutio is able to stay by Romeo’s side, the potential of tragic love could be
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