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How important is Mercutio's contribution in Romeo and Juliet?

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How important is Mercutio's contribution in Romeo and Juliet? In Romeo and Juliet I found that Mercutio is the most lively and interesting character in the play. His name means mercury which matches his personality perfectly. Mercury changes with heat and is very dangerous and unpredictable when unleashed. Mercutio is like this when his mood suddenly changes from mocking people to all out sword fights and joking around to evil, we see this in Act 1 when the Montague's gate crash the Capulet's party. Mercutio is necessary in this play as he keeps the audience focused and laughing through what he says. However he is also intelligent and witty. Besides Romeo and Juliet he is probably the most developed character. Also he is very capable of violence and not to be underestimated when it comes to personality and appearance. I will show with evidence that Mercutio is very important in this play. To Romeo, Mercutio is funny and a great friend for he is a childhood friend and a Montague and this is why they contrast with each other perfectly because they seem to have nothing in common but this is why they can help each other along through their life because, ...read more.


He also calls her an old prostitute and sings 'But a hare that is hoar, is too much for a score' This provides comedy because there isn't a sentence that is more insulting towards the nurse. In act 3 scene 1 the action kicks of with comedy as shown and the two first deaths originated from insults and a fight. Mercutio is the only person who jokes even when hurt and acts as if he isn't 'Tis but a scratch Romeo' Then he cries out repeatedly 'A curse upon both your houses' And this should hint you to assuming that now something else is going to happen. Mercutio is joking around and talking so much after being wounded that it seems death is not a fear to him and this is shown through his jokes. While Mercutio is very funny and entertaining to watch he also seems to be troubled by an evil deep down and this is shown when he talks about Queen Mab the tiny fairy who at first is seen as harmless from Mercutio's description but when his description turns bloody and evil his friends and the audience are shocked 'Sometime she driveth o'er a soldiers neck, and then dreams ...read more.


Tybalt is able to control his anger unlike Mercutio, and this is the cause of the fight between them for Mercutio persists until Tybalt cannot control his anger no more and this to Mercutio is a game and that is why he tries so hard to get Tybalt fighting. The final comment and insult made by Mercutio to Tybalt to spark the fight is 'Good king of cats...nothing but one of your nine lives' Like anyone would Romeo was overcome with rage when Mercutio died and was compelled to chase Tybalt to get back and avenge Mercutio's death. However his mood changes suddenly after Tybalt falls and he shouts 'O, I am fortunes fool' This basically means that Romeo was foolish and attacked without thinking through first. Fate was definitely on Romeo's side. Mercutio's death eventually triggers five more deaths them being: Tybalt, Paris, Romeo, Juliet, Romeo's mother. The final words of the play sum up the entire play in a simple sentence that includes the two names in the title 'Never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo' This means that there has never been a sadder story than the one of Juliet and her beloved Romeo. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jerome Amsellem ...read more.

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