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Relationship between Mercutio and Romeo

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Relationship between Mercutio and Romeo

The character of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet plays an important role
in providing humour. He can draw a number of comparisons and contrasts
to other characters with his quick wit and upbeat attitude. His
relationship with Romeo is made interesting by the fact that he is
neither a Montague nor Capulet, but a neutral in the rivalry of the
two houses.

Mercutio is a spontaneous, wild and energetic character, “Nay gentle
Romeo, we must have you dance.” Mercutio is determined to persuade
both Benvolio and Romeo to sneak into the Capulet’s ball. After Romeo
says he is too “heavy” hearted to dance, Mercutio is filled with
energy and tries to dismiss Romeo’s love problems, more evidence of
Mercutio being full of life. His character is considered to be the
“joker” of the play. This is evident in all of the scenes he is in.
“Good Peter, to hide her face, for her fan’s the fairer face.” Act 2,
Scene 4 is the scene that most emphasises his very coarse sense of

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