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Mercutio has a huge part to play in the outcome of Romeo and Juliet. Discuss his importance to the greater story and decide whether he is as important as he thinks he is.

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Shakespeare coursework "Shakespeare killed him off lest he should steal the play from Romeo." Mercutio has a huge part to play in the outcome of Romeo and Juliet. Discuss his importance to the greater story and decide whether he is as important as he thinks he is. Romeo and Juliet, one of the most outstanding stage plays in the world, was produced by William Shakespeare in around 1595. It is one of the greatest tragedies ever produced as it explores and expresses the sensations of love and has the most memorable storylines of all time. One of the most entertaining characters Shakespeare has created throughout his career without a doubt is Mercutio, who is the kinsman to prince Escales and could be argued to be the most significant character in the play. The following argument will bring about the essay that I am writing. Mercutio, though he is one of the most influential characters of Romeo and Juliet, still plays the 'second fiddle' to Romeo and maybe even Juliet (as it might be suggested by the title). However his intelligence, wit and charisma have a huge part to play in the outcome of the play. ...read more.

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This shows how Mercutio's impressive distinctiveness affect Benvolio as he accuses Benvolio of his own aggressiveness. Ultimately it is Mercutio's intelligent side that urges Romeo into meeting Juliet, however his aggressive side over rules this when he ends up being killed by Tybalt. This makes his characteristics have a great affect on Romeo and therefore the play. This play ultimately deals with 'tragedy' (when someone of importance and outstanding personal qualities falls to disaster through the congregation of personal failing and circumstances with which they cannot deal however it's main function depends on specific themes to maintain its entertainment level and intensifying plot). The key themes of 'fate and fortune' and love rely primarily on Romeo and Juliet's interactions, they also have great relevance to Mercutio, he challenges Romeo's ideas, for instance when he used a hint of sarcasm to persuade Romeo to go to the ball- "you are a lover, borrow cupid's wings..." (Act 1 Scene 4). This sarcasm is related to Romeo's theory on love. Mercutio continues to try and lead Romeo away from his supposed naive attitude. Romeo does not waver from his preconceptions and never really takes Mercutio's advice. ...read more.

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(Act 2 Scene 4) then later in the scene he goes on to treat the nurse as if she were the tout for a brothel. This shows Mercutio's entertaining character which the audience admires very much. Mercutio has a vital dramatic value to the play and the fact that he is the only one who produces the entertainment and comedy makes his character vital to the play and to keep the audience entertained. Mercutio has an essential part to play in the whole play despite the fact that Romeo and Juliet are the main characters. It is he who unites them both and his relationship with Romeo is vital to the play. Overall it is Mercutio's characteristics, language, themes that he adds and appeal to the audience which makes him such an interesting character to watch. When Mercutio feels a false sense of honour, it will ironically contribute to the death of his friend. Merutio had seemed to turn the play into a comedy at times: but some can say that it is with his death that we know the play to be a tragedy. He is one of the greatest characters that Shakespeare has ever created and his character is essential to the whole play Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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