Romeo and Juliet Mercutio Characher Analysis

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"Of what importance to Romeo and Juliet is the character Mercutio? Explain your answer with detailed reference to the text." In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, each character plays a specific role in driving the action forward and shaping the play's theme. Mercutio is not part of the Montague family, he is however a friend of Romeo's and related to the Prince of Verona. One would think this puts him relatively outside the family feud, but we learn that Mercutio is only all to willing to play along with this adversary, and ultimately his quick and volatile nature lead to his untimely death. Mercutio as a masculine character but full of sense of humor through him constantly puns, jokes, and teases—sometimes in fun, sometimes with bitterness. Shakespeare introduces Mercutio in the very first scene was to contract with the romance theme; his point of view towards the love is completely overturns the idea that the story of Romeo and Juliet is an example of perfect romantic love as well as a blind-self-love. Mercutio is an anti-romantic character who regards love as an exclusively physical pursuit this is shown when Romeo complains about the heartache of his unrequited love for Rosaline, Mercutio tells him to get over it “If love be rough with you, be rough with love; Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.” The word “beat” emphasize the view of Mercutio towards the woman is like an enemy; he believed the honor of the man should not be knocked down by anyone. This is reflected to the historical background of the play; during the Elizabeth Age, man’s honor regarded as the first place. Mercutio is a dark side of the play that almost seems to present more ideas and dynamics than the main ones. When everyone is optimistic and hopeful about love Mercutio presents his different view on it, one that is entirely focused on the physical aspect. One
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