Why Is Mercutio Such a Memorable Charecter and His Role in the Play Essay

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Romeo and Juliet Essay Q. Discuss the role of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and what makes Mercutio so memorable a character? Mercutio is Romeo´s best friend. He is one of the most memorable characters. What makes him so memorable is his personality. He adds humor, imagination and love in his words. He was always loyal to his close friend Romeo. Although he only appeared in 4 scenes out of the 24 his appearance counts a lot to the book. He is not Montague or Capulet. Mercutio in his last breath curses both families, Capulet´s and Montague’s for leading him to death. Unlike the other characters who blame their deaths on fate. It has been said that Shakespeare killed Mercutio because he was stealing too much attention. One could say Mercutio is a scene-stealer and one of the most unforgettable characters in all of Shakespeare’s plays. He constantly teases, jokes, makes fun of love, sometimes teasing or sometimes meaning it. He mocks Romeos passion and love “ Nay, I´ll conjure too. Romeo! Humors! Madman! Passion! Lover! Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh: Speak but one rhyme, and I am satisfied; Cry but ”Ay me!” pronounced but “love” and “dove”. Etc. (Romeo and Juliet Act: 1 Scene: 4) and Tybalts nobility, arrogance and fashion “ More than the prince of Cats, I can tell you. O he is the courageous captain of compliments. He fights you sing prick-song, keeps time, distance, and proportion. Etc. (Romeo and Juliet Act: 2 Scene: 4). Mercutio is famous for his opposition of love. When Romeo complains about his love towards Rosaline, Mercutio tells him to stop moaning about it “If love be rough with you, be rough with love; Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down” (Romeo and Juliet Act: 1 Scene: 4). Mercutio is also hostile towards female sexuality in general for example when he is fooling around with the nurse or when he describes Rosaline’s

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