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What part in the play is taken by Mercutio

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What part in the play is taken by Mercutio? What is the relationship between him and Romeo? The character of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet plays an important role in providing humour. He can draw a number of comparisons and contrasts to other characters with his quick wit and upbeat attitude. His relationship with Romeo is made interesting by the fact that he is neither a Montague nor Capulet, but a neutral in the rivalry of the two houses. Mercutio is a spontaneous, wild and energetic character, "Nay gentle Romeo, we must have you dance." Mercutio is determined to persuade both Benvolio and Romeo to sneak into the Capulet's ball. After Romeo says he is too "heavy" hearted to dance, Mercutio is filled with energy and tries to dismiss Romeo's love problems, more evidence of Mercutio being full of life. ...read more.


Benvolio's quote is a play on words by Shakespeare using the French word for "love". Mercutio however is the opposite of Romeo; he is cheerful and always high in spirits and deals with his problems through maintaining his wit and humour, "...we'll draw thee from the mire / Of this save-your-reference love." Mercutio continues to try to joke Romeo out of his sombre mood. Romeo and Mercutio have a close relationship. They are always very playful, constantly joking with each other throughout the play, "Alas, poor Romeo! / He is already dead: stabbed with a white wench's black eye, / Shot through the ear with a love song." Early on in the play, Mercutio frequently teases Romeo about love and love-sickness. Although he often mocks Romeo, Mercutio still manages to give him advice on his problems, "Prick love for pricking, and love beat you down." ...read more.


Before he is killed in Act 3, Scene 1, Mercutio is a character who takes a number of different parts in the play. He is portrayed primarily as the joker of the play, with his use of irony and regular mocking of Romeo, Benvolio and the Nurse. Although he maintains his humour in serious situations, he thinks fast and will always defend and value his friends, shown by his defense of Romeo. He and Romeo are close friends with a very brotherly relationship. Mercutio is neutral in the feud between the Montague's and Capulet's therefore only steps in to fight Tybalt, because he is a character of principals and felt that Tybalt was being unfair towards his friend, Romeo. In conclusion, Mercutio is a character who can be interpreted in a number of ways, although he often jokes around, he remains a man with morals who respects his friends yet always likes to remain optimistic. ?? ?? ?? ?? Liam Woodward 11CB ...read more.

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