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the dramatic contribution of Mercutio to Romeo and Juliet

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The analyses of the dramatic contribution of Mercutio to Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet was written in 1595 by William Shakespeare, I am looking at the role that the character that Mercutio plays in the play. I have looked at such things as; comedy, tension and suspense, important events, contrast to another character and Mercutio's downfall. Mercutio adds comedy and amusement to the play, I first found this in Act 2 Scene 1 where Mercutio uses a lot of rude sexual comments to be funny. I can imagine the Shakespearean audience would be laughing at Mercutio and find this funny. He says, 'By her fine foot, straight leg and quivering thigh'. His thoughts are never to far away from sex, talking about the female body from foot to thigh. 'Quivering thigh' seems to suggest anticipation of sex. 'Nay I'll conjure too' is meaning that Mercutio is showing off to Benvolio when they are wondering where Romeo is after the party and he is trying to make him appear by magic. ...read more.


Shakespeare introduces Mercutio's dark, nasty side early on in the play. Mercutio's emotions reach the highs and lows and he can create a great contrast instantly. In the evidence he talks politely of 'ladies lips' and 'kisses' which turns straight to the 'blisters plague' which is rather deep and vile. In Act 2 Scene 1 Mercutio shows that he can upset people. ' And if he hear thee, thou will anger him'. Mercutio upsets people by opening his mouth before he speaks. This causes a lot of tension, however Benvolio has common sense and tries to warn Mercutio to be careful of what he says. Benvolio realises and acknowledges the consequences of Mercutio's out of term conversation. Mercutio puts the point across that Tybalt is a good fighter. This is in Act 2 Scene 4, 'O, he's the courageous captain of compliments'. ' And is main to encounter Tybalt'. Shakespeare uses alliteration in Mercutio's speech to emphasis how good of a fighter Tybalt is and how brave he is. ...read more.


This shows Mercutio is honourable and has his own belief in himself. Mercutio creates his own downfall. In Act 2 Scene 4 he carries his wit and sarcasm too far. 'An old hare hoar, and an old hare hoar'. His ability to create his own downfall is created by being nasty towards the nurse calling her a hairy old prostitute. Then repetition is used to try and increase an even larger impact in what he is saying. Then in Act 3 Scene 1 Benvolio wants to go home to get away from any fight beginning to happen but Mercutio doesn't. Shakespeare is showing the audience how he can create a reaction. 'I pray thee, good Mercutio, lets retire'. This shows the difference between the two men as Benvolio is cautious and does not want trouble where as Mercutio cant wait for the Capulets to turn up. In this essay I have covered several rolls that Mercutio plays in this play, we have discovered that Mercutio is key to the story and plays a big part because of his character and personality which is very strong, exciting, unpredictable and dangerous. Greg Johnston 11HE Mr Spencer 10x3 ...read more.

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