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Analyse the dramatic contribution of Mercutio in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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Analyse the dramatic contribution of Mercutio in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Mercutio is Romeo's best friend. He is not a Capulet or a Montague however he has strong defence of his friends. Mercutio's name is charactonym which suggest a lot about his personality and the way Shakespeare decided to make him act. A Mercurial person is a person who is lively and witty, fast talking and likely to do the unexpected, this is very similar to the character Mercutio. Mercutio throughout the play never becomes sad or solemn except for when he is killed. Mercutio is a key character in this play, even though he isn't as important as Romeo, Juliet or Friar Lawrence. ...read more.

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When Mercutio is around the nurse he makes sexual puns at her, he is disrespectful to her, this is dramatic because it adds some humour to this area of the play, and also the audience can feel the light-heartedness of Mercutio at this time in the play. Mercutio's behaviour in this scene is similar to how he usually behaves, especially around women like the Nurse. Mercutio's most dramatic scene is the scene in which he dies. The effect of him shouting "a scratch" is theatrical because it is tense and the audience can see that he is unwilling to admit defeat to Tybalt, because he has killed him just because he was fighting for someone from the opposite family. ...read more.

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What I think that he means is that they should stop fighting before anymore people who aren't part of the families, like him, get killed. Also I think he is trying to say that the argument isn't worth lives, and that the Prince is right, they should stop fighting one another. Mercutio is not featured in the majority of the play, mainly because he dies, but he does contribute a fair bit to the more comedy 'funny' side of the play. Also his death scene when he yells "a plague o both you houses" is a very memorable part of the play, and the way it had been written is vivid which makes it stand out and makes the fact that he then hates the feud between the two houses really impressive to the audience. ...read more.

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