Good friends show support for most, if not all, of their friends during times of need. In the famous play Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, Romeo and his lover have a tragic ending due to many characters; although, Mercutio was a major influence. The disrespect of Romeo’s concerns, the flippancy towards Romeo’s love life, and acting childish pushed Romeo to his fatal decision at the end of the play. Even though Mercutio was a close friend of Romeo’s, he didn’t act like one, which led to Romeo feeling less appreciated by his “friends”. Before going to Capulet's’ party, Romeo feels that it will lead to future trouble because he had a dream about his near future. Mercutio responds saying that he also had a dream, but in a sarcastic tone. Romeo then asks Mercutio about his dreams, and Mercutio replies, “That dreamers often lie,” or in other words, the dreamer imagines imaginary lies as dreams (I.iv.52). This provokes Romeo to deny Mercutio’s opinion by replying in a defensive manner. Mercutio then has a long monologue about how he believes that dreams don’t have any special meaning and that they all happen because of Queen Mab, the queen of fairyland. In the monologue, Mercutio talks about how what some different types of people would would dream about. Each type of person has a dream that represents them, such as “O’er lawyers fingers, who straight dream on …show more content…
If Mercutio had engaged in listening to Romeo’s dream, then Romeo may not have been discouraged. After the party, Mercutio should have spoken respectfully about Rosaline and towards nurse, so that Romeo would not have felt uncared for by his friends. Mercutio should not have provoked a fight and blamed it on Romeo, who was put into a bad situation as a consequence. Mercutio’s characteristics of a friend differ from those of a friend that Romeo
In William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet,” Mercutio is introduced as Romeo (the main character) and Benvolio’s (Romeo’s cousin and friend) good friend and relative of the Prince. Mercutio is a very beloved friend to Romeo, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t unkind or disrespectful. He is also very dramatic and perverted, yet somehow laid back and relaxed at the same time. He is very interesting in the way that he can seem kind, but be an awful person and friend at the same time. If Mercutio weren’t as dramatic or such an attention-seeker, he wouldn’t have died and eventually caused Tybalt, Paris, Romeo, and Juliet’s deaths and the sadness that followed each death.
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the views of love held by the character Romeo contrast sharply with the views of Mercutio. Romeo's character seems to suffer from a type of manic depression. He is in love with his sadness, quickly enraptured and easily crushed again on a passionate roller coaster of emotion. Mercutio, by contrast is much more practical and level headed. His perceptions are clear and quick, characterized by precise thought and careful evaluation. Romeo, true to his character begins his appearance in the play by wallowing in his depression over Rosaline who does not return his love:
from Odysseus, hero of the Trojan War, to Richard III of Shakespeare’s play. A prominent,
(CLOSING STATEMENTS) With his audacious nature, Romeo kills Tybalt in a challenge and later kills himself, which causes significant problems in the plot. Unfortunately, as a result of Romeo’s actions, Juliet stabs herself with his dagger because she no longer wants to live in a world without him. Along with Romeo, Mercutio is another character who makes poor decisions based on his overdramatic personality and tendency to disagree with Benvolio's way of thinking. These two choices cause characters around Mercutio to not take him seriously, and for this reason, he later dies in the play. Although Mercutio’s actions impact the storyline, Friar Laurence’s choices primarily cause the play to become such a tragedy. For instance, his poor decisions to marry Romeo and Juliet and flee Juliet’s tomb eventually cause the couple’s love for one another to become inseparable, and they take their lives at the end of the plot. (CLINCHER) As the readers delve deeper into Romeo and Juliet and unravel what went wrong, they will begin to realize that the decisions made by the characters created catastrophic
The Significance of Mercutio in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is about two lovers whose families are at war and how the two overcome the family feud for their love for each other. Mercutio is one of the central characters in the play; he is one of the prince's kinsmen and is best friend to Romeo of the Montague. household. The sand is a sand. The name Mercutio is derived from the word mercurial which means eloquent, active and changeable; Mercutio is all three.
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 dies to protect Romeo’s honour and then Romeo avenges his death, and then the romantic love Romeo and Juliet share. I believe the Mercutio is one of the main characters in this play. His speeches tell us a lot about him and his actions have a large affect on the ending of the play. Mercutio’s name means mercurial meaning “an unpredictable and fast changing mood” which is an accurate description of Mercutio's personality because in Queen Mabs speech at the beginning he is joking and seeking attention, but at the end he becomes serious and angry.
clever punning - 'If love be rough with you, be rough with love' and '
seemed to turn the play into a comedy at times: but some can say that
Unaware of what happened at Capulet’s party, Mercutio assumes that Romeo is still heartbroken from Rosalind. Line 15 in Act II, Scene IV provides an alternative perspective that exposes the true nature of young love. “Alas poor Romeo, he is already dead, stabbed with a white wench’s black eye, run through the ear with a love song.” Mercutio assumes that love only results in pain, with Romeo’s troubles with infatuation only supporting his belief. Mercutio’s dissatisfied tone, in addition to his perspective on the matter, reveals how others view Romeo. Moreover, it reveals how much love influences
that he sees his love as a confusion of emotions, and that it is not
In William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” Mercutio gives an imaginative speech of Queen Mab to jest Romeo for not having fun with others but dwell on his passion towards dreams. In act 1.4, Romeo explains to Mercutio that he is not going to the Capulet’s party as “dreamt a dream tonight” (1.4.50) that tell him not to. Romeo believes that dreams are reflecting reality and telling the truth and he is not joining his friends to the party. Mercutio exasperated by Romeo’s passion about dreams and scold him by giving the famous Queen Mab speech to illustrate the nature of dream to Romeo. Mercutio’s description of Queen Mab depicts that dreams are not reflecting reality but fantasy. Dreams are small yet powerful in their own way, they are hard to
Romeo, whom his friends seem to consider generally very witty and fun, originally thought the party-crashing would be a wonderful idea, but suddenly is overcome by a sense of great foreboding; although they "mean well in going to this mask . . . 'tis no wit to go" (I, iv, 48-49). This annoys Mercutio, who does not recognize Romeo's reluctance as a genuine premonition, but feels it is simply another example of Romeo's lovesick whims. Romeo tries to explain to Mercutio that it is based upon a very disturbing dream, and Mercutio passes that off as silly, telling him that "Dreamers often lie." Here he is not saying that Romeo himself is a liar, but that people should put no faith in dreams. But Romeo is insistent; dreamers lie "in bed asleep, they do dream things true" (I, iv, 52).
When suddenly Baz Luhrmann nineteen minutes into his work presents a drag Mercutio dressed scandalously in a ridiculous white wig and wearing red lipstick to top it all off, it seems he has no regard for the original Romeo and Juliet. In his portrayal of a character as crucial as Mercutio, Luhrmann crosses the fine line between the individual possessing eloquence and profuse wit Shakespeare creates, and a downright maniac. Before entering the Capulets’ mansion Mercutio’s acclaimed Queen Mab Speech in Act One, Scene Four, displays the aforementioned eloquence and vivid imagination of the character. Specifically, Mercutio claims, “Oh, then I see you’ve been with Queen Mab/...True, I talk of dreams,/Which are the children of an idle brain,/Begot of nothing but vain fantasy,”(I iv 53, 97-99). Anyone with a rational mind does not expect Mercutio to deliver his lines about dreams being merely the result of the anxieties and desires of those who sleep while holding ecstasy and jumping agitatedly. Luhrmann offers an insane Mercutio in his take on Romeo and Juliet and all it achieves is a massacre of the brilliance of the dialogue. The unconventional director stages the exchange to end with Romeo accepting a psychoactive drug inducing him in a euphoric state, then shattering any proceeding potential romantic mood.
“But he that hath the steerage of my course, direct my sail.” –or so says Romeo as he ambitiously accepts whatever lies ahead, and allows an uncertain fate to steer him onward without a glimpse of fear (1.4, 119-120). In the tragedy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, a youthful boy named Romeo uses this fearless nature when facing love and the conflicts it holds, as well as dreams that spark a controversy between himself and friend Mercutio. Mercutio and Romeo’s view on dreams have two significant differences; Mercutio believes that dreams are lies and cause people to make childish decisions whereas Romeo believes that dreams hold truth and influence wise choices. The reader can derive from the text that experience changes people’s perspective
It is human nature to place blame and point fingers at someone, but it is a lot less common to take responsibility for your own actions. Sometimes, we put ourselves in positions that are detrimental to our lives or well-being. Even though we are responsible, it is likely that we will place the blame elsewhere. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio found himself with a similar conflict. Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, killed Mercutio during a fight in the town square. It would be easy to say that Tybalt caused Mercutio’s death since it was his sword that killed him, but that is simply false. Mercutio ignored many warnings and continued to antagonize the fight that lead to his death. The character ultimately responsible for Mercutio’s death is