Similarities Between Romeo And Juliet And Mercutio

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Romeo and Juliet Essay Every person views love in a different way. At times, the way a person expresses their love depends on who they have the emotions for. In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Mercutio views love as a joke while Friar Laurence's idea of love is more passionate. Love is shown as a vulgar item when seen through Mercutio's view. “Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.” (Act I Scene IV) Mercutio believes that love is only about being sexual to one's partner. He does not know what it feels to like to actually being in love so he talks about what he think love is like. “True, I talk of dreams; which are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fantasy; which is as thin of substance as the air, and more inconstant than the wind, who woos, even now the frozen bosom of the north, and, being anger'd, puffs away from thence, turning his face to the dew-dropping south.” (Act 1, Scene 4, lines 97 – 103) Mercutio does not take love seriously and is constantly saying love is not real and that it is not important.. Mercutio is very persistent when it comes to love because he feels he knows what love is and therefore does not want to fall in love. When seeing love…show more content…
“Take thou this vial, being then in bed,/ And this distilled liquor drink thou off;/ When presently through all thy veins shall run ” (Act 4 Scene 2) Friar Laurence's idea of love is more passionate and he believes in a true and strong love. The Friar does believe in true love and he's willing to risk his life and reputation for Romeo and Juliet's love. “Therefore love moderately: long love doth so;/ too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.”(Act 2, Scene 6, 14-15) Friar Laurence also shows his views on love when he constantly gives Romeo and Juliet. He truly believes in “real” love awnd tells them not to rush it as though not to ruin their love. Friar Laurence, unlike Mercutio, is a believer of
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