This part is humorous because the Nurse is embarrassing Juliet, by talking about her childhood, she even talks of weaning her, 'â€¦for I ... ... middle of paper ... ... dashing it, keeping the audience constantly intrigued to the very end. I believe that Mercutio is 'comedy personified' as he is a character who uses language, puns and innuendoes, for example, to form a comical script very affectively. Mercutio's death most certainly changes a lot of things in the play, from different languages used to different character personalities. Before Mercutio's death there are many cases of comedy and a few bits of comedy, but in stark contrast, after Mercutio's death there is much more tragedy and hardly any comedy at all. Therefore, I definitely believe that his death creates many language changes, personality changes and occurrences change from being, 'laughable incidents' to 'terrible or sorrowful events.'
The Nurse is a very garrulous character and is often tactless and disrespectful towards Lady Capulet in this scene. When Lady Capulet is talking to Juliet about marriage the Nurse repeats with relish her husbands joke when the baby Juliet falls down 'A was a merry man - took up the child. 'Yea,' quoth he, 'dost thou fall upon thy face? Thou wilt fall backwards when thou hast more wit. Wilt thou n... ... middle of paper ... ...do what her father says.
Although heartrending and disastrous in nature and conclusion, Romeo and Juliet is filled with humor brought to the reader with a variety of literary devices. This is very evident throughout the play because William Shakespeare, through the immense use of puns and sarcasm, creates comedic effects in tragic plays such as Romeo and Juliet. Creating and establishing humour has a very important role in plays for it prepares the reader or audience for the tragic events that will occur later on in the story. Just one of the many literary devices being used are puns. Puns are a play on words and language that are used with intent to create humour.
His insolence and irresponsible bawdiness make him a brilliantly effective figure on stage. Love to him is to be treated roughly and his outrageous comments and gestures to the other characters are wittily exaggerated, bringing great entertainment and comedy moments to the play. Mercutio's main role in the play is to enhance the purity of Romeo's love by contrast. He acts as Romeo's conscience when he urges him in to the ball. Moreover the figurative 'Queen Mab' speech, where the almost mystical and enchanting midwife ends up as an incubus, shows how Mercutio us... ... middle of paper ... ...nd comedy makes his character vital to the play and to keep the audience entertained.
Sampson and Gregory start to mock the Montague's by biting their thumb, which was considered very rude then. This causes a fight to break out and this shows us that the rivalry and hatred between the Montague and Capulet's also continues at all social levels as well. This introduces us to the fighting that goes on between the two families. We are introduced to Romeo and discover he is in love with a girl called Rosaline. He gate crashes a Capulet party and meets Juliet, the daughter of the Capulet's; he says he has never loved until he meets her which is ironic because before this he was saying how he loved Rosaline.
From the context in this scene, the audience can tell that Nurse is being sarcastic. In reality, she actually enjoys Romeo and thinks he is a suitable match for Juliet. Another instance where Nurse’s wit is presented is when she says, “Yes madam. Yet I cannot choose but to laugh to think it should leave crying and say ‘Ay’. And yet, I warrant, it had upon its brow a bump as big as a young cockrel’s stone; A perilous knock and it cried bitterly” (I. iii.
Some examples of this would be Romeo and Juliet talks to each other and fall in ?love? before realizing that their parents apparently hate each other. Another example is when Juliet?s nurse comes to talk to Romeo about Juliet, and the friends of Romeo mock her thinking her another stranger. Both of these and other ironies in the opening acts are meant to be entertaining and to keep the groundlings happy, along with other factors, while at the same time setting the stage for the play to become a tragedy, and slowly starting to shift to a more depth as the play progresses. In the center, specifically act three you see the use of irony to be more serious, often trying to lightly foreshadow and keep the audience interested.
Another rude quote he says would be 'if love be rough with you, be rough with love: prick love for pricking and you beat love down.' In this scene he has shown more than just a comical character he has shown the reader that he has a serious side. Another quote that shows the serious nature of Mercutio is 'she is the fairest midwife and she comes no bigger than an agote stone'. Act2 scene 1 Mercutio is teasing Romeo about how his love for rosaline had failed, he pretends to conjure Romeo magically. He says that Romeo has got odd moods and is that to be the origin of passion.
Shakespeare creates comedy with his play on words, Malvolio comments on how it is almost certainly Olivia's writing "these be her very C's, her U's, and her T's and thus makes she her great Ps" The use of the sexual innuendo referring to the female genitalia and urination is very clear when spoken aloud which is very amusing. Further comedy is created by Sir Andrews reaction, "C's, her U's, and her T's: why that?" Sir Andrew does not understand the joke, the audience finds this funny but at the same time we also feel sorry for him because he is very dim witted. After Malvolio establishes that "Olivia" writes the letter he then begins to interpret the letter to suit his situation. "`M'--Malvolio!
Shakespeare is loved for his story lines, but he is respected for the characters he has created. It is ironic how in Romeo and Juliet characters such as Capulet, Romeo, and Friar Laurence are made out to be wise but in actuality make bad judgment. It is also ironic that Mercutio is depicted as a childish youth when really he is the character with the most insight. Shakespeare uses Mercutio’s insight as a contrast to every other character to show how ridiculous the other characters actually are. If you pay attention to the plots and story lines, this play is a love story.