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How Important to 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? In Romeo and Juliet, we see many different and contrasting characters, each playing a specific and individual role and each creating a different and personal effect. Although Mercutio is shown and looked upon as a secondary character, "Kinsman to the Prince and friend to Romeo", I believe he plays one of the most important roles in the drama. Shakespeare has been clever in creating Mercutio, as he is not born into either of the conflicting families he acts as just a personal friend to Romeo, this means he has a freer role, and he can do and say things that Romeo and other Montague's cannot without causing too much aggravation with the enemy. Mercutio has chosen to be friend of Romeo and the Montague family, he does not dislike the Capulets and never in the play wishes to injure any one of them in any way, his main concern is for Romeo and basic peace between the two houses. It was never his objective to get anyone from either family killed. The first time we see Mercutio, is in Act 1 Scene 4, he and Romeo, together with a group of their friends and kinsmen, are on the way to a party given by their own family's enemy, Lord Capulet. Their plan is to crash the party so that Romeo will have the opportunity to see his love, Rosaline, whom they know, has been invited to the Capulet's mansion that evening. ...read more.


We move on to Act 3 Scene 1, one of the most important scenes in the play, definitely the most important for Mercutio and is the climax of his impact in the play. We can see that Benvolio fears the Capulets and is worried about meeting them, "I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, and, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl; for now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring." He can predict a fight and is naturally scared of the consequences, but Mercutio being Mercutio laughs at his apprehension, he does not fear a fight. He accuses Benvolio of being quick-tempered, and blamed him for wishing for a quarrel, "Thou art like one of those 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 it on the drawer, when indeed there is no need." Benvolio is feeling quite the opposite of what Mercutio accuses him of, this is maybe slightly ignorant of Mercutio, his over confidence maybe his only downfall. No sooner than Benvolio predicts the event, the Capulet boys arrive, "By my head, here come the Capulets!" Mercutio still seems calm and relaxed, he will not worry, "By my heel, I care not." Tybalt addresses the two men rudely, asking for Romeo and his whereabouts, "Mercutio, thou consort's with Romeo?" ...read more.


Romeo is forced to deal with the reality of his marriage which had not been doing before and it comes as quite a shock to him. He has married a Capulet, his lifetime enemy which of course, he was warned against earlier by his good friend who has now been murdered. He also chooses to avenge a friend's death rather than spare Juliet's sorrow and feelings, this shows he is still not ready for a full and committed relationship, he does not know what his main priorities are and this highlights his immaturity. I think the most important thing Mercutio says in this scene is, "A plague o' both your houses!" This gives the audience an idea of the tragedy that is to come and distresses Romeo greatly. Although Mercutio only appears in these few scenes, he does cause great impact on the play, his death and his final words are very important to the story line. He is the most complex and the most intelligent character in the whole play, and I think the impact he creates is far more than Romeo's or Juliet's or any other primary character for that matter. Shakespeare did well in assigning Mercutios characteristics and used his freedom well throughout the drama. Romeo and Juliet's love affair continues to get worse and worse, both families were angrier than ever at each other, "Which, but their children's end, nought could remove". Almost is if a plague was set on both their houses. ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE Coursework Assignment 10/10/2004 Jack Stalker 10A (English) ...read more.

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