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How important is Mercutio to the plot and action in the play? Romeo and Juliet.

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How important is Mercutio to the plot and action in the play? Chris Kelly I believe that, although Mercutio is introduced to the play quite late and his death occurs not too long after, much of the play's action, interesting dialogue and comic relief revolves around him, making Mercutio quite a central character. It is Mercutio who inadvertently brings the two lovers together for the first time when he lures Romeo to the gathering at Lord Capulet's residence 'Nay gentle Romeo, we must have you dance' With these words Mercutio is attempting to entice Romeo into a playful and social mood and this gives us an insight into Mercutio's personality- good humoured, witty and charismatic. ...read more.

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Without Mercutio I think Romeo would be lost in a world of melancholy and depression. Mercutio's well-meaning, but sometimes harsh, words to Romeo appear to keep him grounded and his mind off more serious thoughts and ideas 'You are a lover; borrow Cupid's wings, And soar above a common bound' This is a typical statement from Mercuito. He realises Romeo's plight but at the same time continues his realistic views and makes light of the situation. To this Romeo replies in an almost depressed manner highlighting further his seriousness 'I am too sore enpierced with his shaft To soar with his light feathers; and so bound I cannot bound a pitch above a dull woe: Under love's heavy burden do I sink. ...read more.

Conclusion

wit and courage, and this coupled with his hatred for Romeo's cowardice, 'O calm, dishonourable, vile submission' drives him to his final confrontation with Tybalt. Mercutio's death ensues and, by default, he is pivotal to the story. With his dying words he shows his true feelings towards Romeo. It is because of the anger Romeo feels that he goes to avenge his friend's death. In doing so Romeo sets off a disastrous chain of events beginning with the murder of Tybalt and climaxing with his own subsequent exile. In the end we are shown how close Romeo and Mercutio really were and this highlights the stupidity of the families feud that, ironically, Mercutio believed and in death symbolised 'A plague o' both your houses' ...read more.

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