Explore the Character of Mercutio in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet has many themes which are fate, death and love, these are all intertwined. At the very beginning of the play, before we even know the characters, we know that ‘death-marked’ ‘Star crossed lovers’ will ‘take their lives’ which already brings in the major themes. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony throughout the play and builds up the tension until Act 3 scene 1 where death starts to play a role. The Prologue also informs us about the Montagues and Capulets dislike for each other. The theme of love is also there thought the play. There are different types of love, the unrequited love the Romeo feels for Rosaline and that Paris feels for Juliet. There is also the love between friends such as with Romeo and Mercutio as Mercutio …show more content…
“Angry Mab with blisters plagues...tainted.” Mercutio doesn’t believe in romantic love “A blind-bow boy’s butt shaft.” His views on romance are that you are foolish to be in love which is what he thinks about Romeo. Mercutio is quite cynical because he calls love a “butt shaft” this could mean that he is a cynic although Romeo says “He jests at scars that never felt a wound” Which means he has never been on the receiving end of love so his feelings towards women are mostly physical. Romeo and Mercutio understand each other very well and after Romeo meets Juliet, the audience see the Romeo before Rosaline and how the conversation flows freely between them. Romeo cares enough about Mercutio to risk his life and his relationship with Juliet by taking vengeance for Mercutio’s death. Although one of Romeo's best friends, Mercutio’s attitude can annoy Romeo. At the same time, Mercutio is frustrated with Romeo's depression because of his unrequited love however, after Romeo met Juliet, Romeo is behaving normal again. They are also different as Mercutio does not believe in romance fait or destiny and Romeo does.
Act III, scene I is the most important part of the play because it is the climax Mercutio plays the biggest part in this scene, Shakespeare created Mercutio to increases the tension and when he dies, the humour in the play dies to.

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