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Why the death of Mercutio is dramatically effective?

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Why the death of Mercutio is dramatically effective? The following essay is based on the play Romeo &Juliet written by William Shakespeare. I will be discussing what the play is about and also be explaining "Why the death of Mercutio is dramatically effective". The play starts off with introducing the two families, the Montagues and Capulets, who are sworn enemies. At a mask ball held by the Capulet's the star crossed lovers meet and fall in love, Romeo son of Lord Montague and Juliet daughter of Lord Capulet. Mercutio is Romeo's close friend, he is an angry, aggressive and provoking type of person, but at times he can be gentle, bubbly and persuasive because in Act 1 Scene 5 where he helps Romeo overcome his misery of Rosalyn's unrequited love and persuades him to go to the party. After listening to Mercutio, Romeo decides to go, and here he meets Juliet and they both fall in love. ...read more.


He also says "And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something, Make it a word and a blow". In this quote the tension start to build, Mercutio succeeds in provoking Tybalt, which then makes Tybalt want to fight Romeo, however Romeo refuses to fight as now he is related to Tybalt, at this point everything falls into chaos, control is lost and Mercutio takes Romeo's place and fight Tybalt. Mercutio's death is the pivotal point of the play, because when he dies all the problems start which leads to Romeo and Juliet's death. In the streets of Verona, this scene takes place where Romeo and Benvolio try to stop Mercutio and Tybalt fighting, Romeo grabs Tybalt under his arm and then Tybalt stabs Mercutio, eventually he dies in Romeo's arms. Before Mercutio dies he curses both Montague's and Capulet's. He say's "A plague a' both your houses" Mercutio repeats this curse three times for emphasis; even though Romeo was his close friend he still cursed him and his family because he backed out from fighting Tybalt. ...read more.


...O sweet Juliet Thy beauty hath made me effeminate He feels the need to revenge this wrong doing, and should be feeling different, more manly, aggressive, and angry. Seeing Tybalt returning triumphant gives him all these feelings. He knows though, that there will be serious long lasting effects and feelings of grief in the future, but also he feels out of control. 'This day's black fate on more days doth depend. This but begins the woe others must end'. All these mixed emotions create extreme tension and passion in this scene. Mercutio's death is significant because it leads to Tybalt's death which in turn leads to many of the characters such as Lady Capulet, Lord Capulet, Romeo and Juliet feeling their grief in isolated different ways, their feelings are magnified because they feel them without discussing them with the other characters and it leads to Romeo and Juliet's tragic end. It is also dramatically effective because of the way the scene is set and what he says in his last dying words as he curses the families. ...read more.

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