The Importance of Mercutio’s Contribution to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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The Importance of Mercutio’s Contribution to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

In Romeo and Juliet I found that Mercutio is the most lively and

interesting character in the play. His name means mercury which

matches his personality perfectly. Mercury changes with heat and is

very dangerous and unpredictable when unleashed. Mercutio is like this

when his mood suddenly changes from mocking people to all out sword

fights and joking around to evil, we see this in Act 1 when the

Montague’s gate crash the Capulet’s party. Mercutio is necessary in

this play as he keeps the audience focused and laughing through what

he says. However he is also intelligent and witty. Besides Romeo and

Juliet he is probably the most developed character. Also he is very

capable of violence and not to be underestimated when it comes to

personality and appearance. I will show with evidence that Mercutio is

very important in this play.

To Romeo, Mercutio is funny and a great friend for he is a childhood

friend and a Montague and this is why they contrast with each other

perfectly because they seem to have nothing in common but this is why

they can help each other along through their life because, when Romeo

is down in love Mercutio knows the cure and when Mercutio is in a

fighting mood Romeo is sensible enough to see past the wrongs and pull

Mercutio back when he is angry. Mercutio tells Romeo that sex is

better than love and Romeo then cheers up whereas Romeo thinks

opposite. Mercutio is vulgar and uses sexual puns which show that he

speaks what he wants and so he speaks from the heart and this is why

Romeo fits with him because Romeo shows affection from the heart. The

major difference between them is that Mercutio is rude but eager and

Romeo is polite, affectionate and patient so this shows that even

though they are a good couple their personalities are almost

completely different. Mercutio can be seen as the sort of person that

is taught something and thinks it’s true until proven wrong whereas

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