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Character analysis of Mercutio

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Character analysis of Mercutio Mercutio is one of the most unique characters in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. His language is powerful and imaginative. He represents many different things in the play and holds an important role. Mercutio is Romeo's friend. He is not a Montague or a 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. Mercutio's character stands out from the rest because of his energy in everything he does and says. 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. Romeo once describes him as: "A gentleman ...who loves to hear himself talk." ...read more.


Mercutio wants to live his life as it happens. He wants to be free to do what he wants when he wants. He is not interested in being in love with anyone. There are two main reasons Mercutio's character is important to the plot of Romeo & Juliet. Firstly, Mercutio manages to get Romeo to go to the party at the Capulet's house, where he met Juliet. Romeo was against the idea of going to the party; however, in the end Mercutio manages to convince Romeo, and Romeo decides to go. It is because of Mercutio that Romeo goes to the party. Secondly, Mercutio's death leads to the chain of events that finally lead to Romeos banishment. First, Tybalt kills Mercutio in a dual. Romeo is so angry by this that he kills Tybalt. ...read more.


When Tybalt kills Mercutio, the comedy in the play is lost. From now on, this play becomes a Tragedy. This shows how Mercutio is a is such and important asset to the plot, and how the language and attitude he has can affect the play so greatly. Mercutio does not seem to change very dramatically in this play. The only slight change a reader may see is when he is about to die, he yells: "A plague on both your houses!" This may be regarded as a change 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 realise the damage the feud is capable of, but unfortunately, it was too late for him to do anything. Mercutio's character is vital to the plot of this play. He represents independence, youth, and freedom, and makes the story line a lot more interesting. ...read more.

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