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Whom Would You Prefer as a Companion, Romeo or Mercutio?

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Whom Would You Prefer as a Companion, Romeo or Mercutio? Romeo and Mercutio hold many likeable qualities. They share some of the same characteristics for example they are loyal to one another. At other times they can be totally miscellaneous for example how easily Mercutio is provoked and how Romeo is not. Also another contrast in their characters is their views on love and their different use of language. I think Romeo premium quality is how he thinks about love, in the play he shows too sides to love the happy and bad side. In Act 1 Scene 1 Montague says: "Away from light...locks fair daylight out, and makes himself an artificial night." This shows that when Romeo is in love he shuts himself away and even Benvolio his closest friend and cousin does not know what Romeo is feeling. Romeo even rejects the beauty of the dawn and I find this a bad quality in him. This is because if I had a friend like Romeo I would want him to share his feelings with me, also if he did not his feelings with me then I would feel uncomfortable sharing my feeling with him. I would conclude that he did not trust me. The idea of Romeo hiding his feelings is enforced when Montague says, "But he, his own affections' counsellor, is to himself." This conveys the impression that the only person Romeo tells his true feelings to is himself. In the sixteenth century it was very rather that a rich father would interact with his siblings but Montague is interested in Romeo life. ...read more.


Secondly it also might convey the impression that he was immature and could not commit himself to a relationship. If I were Romeo's friend this would concern me because if he suddenly changes his mind about whom he loves he may change his mind about his friends. When Romeo first speaks to Juliet they speak together in a fourteen-lined sonnet, it is complex artificial verse, which was popular in the sixteenth century and generally regarded as the proper medium for love poetry. In this sonnet Romeo develops a religious image for four lines which rhyme alternately he starts with a devout religious utterance and says: "If I profane with my unworthiest hand This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss." There is similar language in Act 2 Scene 2 where Romeo expresses his romantic feelings in some very elaborate language. For example he says, "Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou her maid far more fair than she." This is the conventional language of love poetry: it was fashionable for lovers to speak in this way. Very quickly, however, the language becomes more simple; Romeo is leaning to express genuine feeling to illustrate Romeo says, "It is my lady. O, it is my love! O that she knew she were!" The most admirable thing about Romeo is that he is not easily provoked or exasperated. ...read more.


I think Mercutio might even be saying that Romeo is so focused on love that he forgets the people around him, like Mercutio. He might feel jealous because his friend is so in love that they slowly drift apart. An example of Mercutio talking about their disintegrating relationship is when he is dying; he reveals his true feelings and says, "Why the devil came you between us?" Mercutio is asking what came between you and me: love. I think that Mercutio has wanted to tell Romeo's his feeling but he might be worried that he'd look too sensitive and would lose his reputation of being the typical teenager who is troublesome, insubordinate and lewd. A very good quality is Mercutio's humorous character and very lively, for example he decides to go to the Capulet's ball. He has an imaginative side to him even though we only see it once or twice. His imagination is shown in his 'Queen Mab' speech. When Mercutio is dying he makes jocose and facetious jokes about himself, for instance he says: "Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch; marry, 'tis enough... "No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve." I think Mercutio make these comments because he pretends to not take things seriously which shows his courage. I would pick Romeo has my companion because he is sensitive, sincere and respectful. I would not pick Mercutio because although he is fun it could get fatuous and I would be grieved at any satirical comments about me. ...read more.

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