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A Character Study on Mercutio - Romeo And Juliet

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Introduction

A Character Study on Mercutio. "Romeo And Juliet" William Shakespeare wrote "Romeo and Juliet" in the "Elizabethan" Period. It is about two lovers who commit suicide when their feuding families prevent them from being together. There are many characters, each keeping the same plot but with different roles. One of these characters is Mercutio; he is the best friend of Romeo Montague and kin of the Prince Escalus. He is neither Montague, nor Capulet. Therefore, he has not been born into a feud and really has no side. However, his friendship with Romeo associates him with the Montagues. He is always living his life on the edge and always looking for something new and exciting to do. He is constantly playing on words, using two or more meanings. Romeo once describes him as, "A gentlemen...who loves to hear himself talk." As displayed in his Queen Mab speech in Act I Scene IV, he is very imaginative. ...read more.

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It is too rough, Too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn" It is solely because of Mercutio's persuasions that Romeo attends the gathering. And there he meets a woman to tend his broken heart, a woman he describes thus; "The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars, As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven Would through the airy region stream so bright That birds would sing and think it were not night." The second way in which Mercutio is essential to the plot is his death that sets off the chain of events that leads to Romeo's banishment. To begin with Tybalt ruthlessly murders him, Romeo is then so utterly enraged that he then, in turn, slaughters Tybalt. As a consequence, Romeo is banished from Verona and therefore from seeing Juliet. At the beginning of Act 3, Mercutio is his usual quick-witted self. ...read more.

Conclusion

This demonstrates how Mercutio is a strong representation of all that is youthful and light-hearted in this play. Mercutio does not change dramatically in this play. The only difference the reader may witness is at the end of his life when he exclaims; "A plague on both your houses!" This is a change from Mercutio's typical character because Mercutio has never been so serious before. He has never expressed any disagreement of the relationship between the Montagues and the Capulets. Now, he seems to become conscious of the harm the fighting is capable of doing; unfortunately, it was too late for him. To conclude, Mercutio was a very complex character and his vim and zest make the story line a lot more interesting to read, his light-hearted quips lasted right up to the end; "They have made worms' meat of me" He knew that he would be dead from the wound he had received and this was his way of dealing with the pain he suffered. He represents individualism, youth, and liberty! Kay Bromley ...read more.

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