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How important do you consider Mercutio to be to the impact of Romeo and Juliet.

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How important do you consider Mercutio to be to the impact of Romeo and Juliet Mercurial: Having sudden changes of mood "Thou art like one of these fellows that, when he enters the confines of a tavern, claps me his sword upon the table, and says 'God send me no need of thee!'; and by the operation of the second cup draws him on the drawer, when indeed there is no need" Mercutio is a diverse character who shows a multitude of emotions and yet this one quotation sums up his character to the full basically. He is a judgemental person, we can see this from the above quote where he accuses Benvolio of being a quick tempered quarreller, and is incredibly useful to the plot of the play. He helps the play move along much more smoothly with his quick witted remarks and sexual innuendos and even with his death assists the plays story in a huge way by making the story more enjoyable and action packed. We learn a great deal about his character in Act 1 Scene 4 where he performs the "Queen Mab" speech. As this is the first time we see him we are intrigued to learn more about him and the speech is not only a sort of biography for him it also has a large impact ...read more.


"But I'll be hanged, sir, if he wear your livery." This, in a sense, is true because now that Romeo is wed to Juliet he is now a member of the Capulet family and vice versa, and then, but a few minutes later, he is mortally wounded under Romeo's arm "I was hurt under you arm", making Romeo sort of seem like a Capulet due to the fact that he has attempted to "kill" Mercutio. In this same instance it also seems like Romeo is a Capulet because when he arrives at the scene he is unnaturally kind to Tybalt "I do protest I never injuried thee, But love thee better than thou canst devise" but we know that this is because he is married to Juliet no-one else in the play knows so there is a sense of dramatic irony in Act 3 Scene 1. As well as being on of the more dramatic characters in Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio also adds a much needed touch of comedy to the play. He provides this throughout the scenes he participates in, such as when the nurse turns up in the street looking for Romeo "Two, two: a shirt and a smock". He seems to excel in making sexual innuendos "the bawdy hand of the dial is now upon the prick of noon." ...read more.


the fight, as if it is some sort of a game, and this gives them a bond of sorts in the way that they are never truly enemies but never truly allies. Mercutio is a brave person and is not afraid of Tybalt or the Capulet family. He refuses to give up or refuse a challenge and is unlike someone who boasts about himself and then is too afraid to stand up for himself, Mercutio can boast, and hold his own in a fight. Although this gets him into a lot of trouble when he becomes "hot-headed" and takes on Tybalt "The prince of Cats" resulting in his untimely death. Mercutio, although only appearing in a minority of the scenes seems to have the greatest impact amongst all of the characters involved in the play, and without him I do not think the play would be able to run smoothly and would probably fall apart at certain points as well as leaving many questions unanswered. I feel that he plays a vital role and if he was removed then the play would fall apart. Shakespeare manages to use Mercutio in a subtle and interesting way that provides many clues into the future of the play and then, by killing him off, uses him to a greater extent, as a trigger to the forthcoming events. ...read more.

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