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Mercutio is always bursting with energy and his speeches are full of extravert ideas

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Introduction

Mercutio is always bursting with energy and his speeches are full of extravert ideas. He is very extravagant and wild. All the attention is drawn to him, he brings out the humor in most situations. Shakespeare uses Mercutio to divert the attention to him and to enlighten the scenes causing it to be taken light heartedly. Mercutio is Romeo's best friend, he is very loyal to him and neutral to the feud . He over shadows Romeo because he is so engaging. His death launches the final tragedy snowball. He seems to take neither life nor death seriously . He is very vibrant and full of energy. He takes everything as a joke. He is constantly joking at other peoples expense but tends to bring the humor out of everything. 'You are a lover; borrow cupid's wings'. ...read more.

Middle

Mercutio says dreams are inhabited by the fairy Queen Mab and Romeo is enchanted by her. The dreams he talks about are full of bizarre examples of wishful thinking and vain fantasies. Mercutio is trying to tell Romeo that dreams are just a fantasy. That dreams are just a figment of our imagination. He makes a mockery of dreams making dreams seem so surreal. Mercutio performance of dreams is quite emotional. ' I talk of dreams which are the children of an idle brain'. It is clear that he sees dreams as dysfunctional part of children's brain. Mercutio states that ladies dream of kisses, lawyers wish for more fees and the courtiers wish for someone to courtesy. All the fantasies they are all grasping and self centered. Then dreams he of another benefice'. This implies that people dream to benefit themselves. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Mercutio fights with Tybalt he becomes fatally wounded. Even when he is dying he doesn't seem to take it seriously . He refers to Tybalt as a cat with nine lives. As he lay dying his language was still full of humor .He describes his wound as a scratch. He talks about his own funeral and burial. He tells Romeo that if he asks for him he will find him a 'grave man' meaning he will be in his grave. Mercutio leaves the scene cursing both the Montagues and the Capulets. Now that Mercutio was eradicated from the scene so we can concentrate on the main characters. Mercutio was so diverting and full of life. He brought the humor out of every sad situation. Shakespeare only eliminated Mercutio so early in the play way because he wanted to get serious and straight to the main point. Mercutio was aware of the misguided attitude and false perception of life that is what made him such an extravagant character. ...read more.

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