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GCSE English Coursework (Exploring Mercutio)

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Mercutio is a popular character to follow due to his quick wit and flamboyant, affable personality, an example of his mood is shown when he says his Queen Mab Speech, he says she is the "Fairies midwife" and she is no bigger then an "Agate stone" this shows us that he is very well educated because not many people could come out with something like this. He starts to describe her carriage as being something very small, but he mentions every single little detail such as the spokes of the wheels being made out of "Long spinners' legs" In saying this it shows us how much of a free spirit Mercutio is, and that he can say what he likes. ...read more.


He is a very good friend of Romeo's, for example, Mercutio tells Romeo "Nay, gentle Romeo, we must have you dance" and he playfully pushes Romeo to "Borrow cupid's wings and soar with them above a common bound". These lines demonstrate Mercutio's characteristic need for urgency and action. Mercutio is hot-headed and quick to act. His need for action and his ridiculing nature are also seen in his ways of trying to anger Tybalt, at first, Mercutio seems almost excited to see Romeo fight Tybalt, however, Romeo does not give in to Tybalt's insults and does not accept Tybalt's challenge to fight. As Romeo is a very passive character in this play and is a typical teenager that just wants to love, he try's to change Tybalt's mind by saying "I do protest I never injur'd thee, but love thee better than thou canst devise." ...read more.


Mercutio's last words makes Romeo feel very guilty about what he has done, after Mercutio has been led off to die Romeo says: This gentleman, the prince's near ally, My very friend, hath got his mortal hurt In my behalf, my reputation stained With Tybalt's slander Tybalt, that an hour Hath been made my cousin! O sweet Juliet, Thy beauty hath made me effeminate, And in my temper softened valour's steel. This shows us that Mercutio is such a good friend of Romeo that now he thinks that he is to blame for it and thinking that he is the cause of Mercutio's death, Romeo kills Tybalt. Mercutio's death is important in this play as from what Mercutio said: "A plague a' both your houses", As it then leads to the death of Romeo. ...read more.

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