Mercutio

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  • Mercutio
    • Personality
      • Mercutio is Romeo's best mate
        • He tries to cheer him up with a speech about Queen Mab
        • Through the speech and his conversations with Romeo we can see that he is full of puns and innuendos to show how intelligent and witty he is
        • He criticises Romeo for believing dreams show the future - Mercutio says that dreams depend on the dreamer, which shows Mercutio to be a more down-to-earth character
      • He's always mocking other characters
        • He makes fun of Tybalt's name to wind him up
        • His speeches are full of wordplay and crazy ideas, even in death
      • He is the first person to die in the play
        • Mercutio's death leaves a gap and all the energy disappears
        • His death is significant because from there things start to go downhill
        • As he dies he reminds the audience how dangerous the feud is and the effect it is having upon people's lives
        • His death is a warning of more suffering to come
    • Themes
      • Love - Mercutio's attitude to love is a bit cynical and rude - He tells Romeo to stop being so soppy and makes a lot of sexual jokes which contrasts with Romeo's romantic view of love
      • Honour - Mercutio should have been able to walk away from the fight but died because he was fighting to protect Romeo's honour
        • Shakespeare may have been criticising the importance of honour and how important it is
    • Quotes
      • "A plague o'both your houses" Act 3 Scene 1
        • Mercutio blames the feud for his death and warns that to stop the violence both houses must make peace
        • This foreshadows how both houses lose something important in the end - death of Romeo and Juliet is like a "plague" on both the houses
        • His death is a warning of more suffering to come
      • "Good King of Cats" Act 3 Scene 1
        • Mercutio calls Tybalt this to wind him up as the name cones from a story with a cat character called Tibalt, that was popular at the time
        • This shows how he has a big mischievous side and is always mocking other characters
        • He makes fun of Tybalt's name to wind him up
      • "Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man" Act 3 Scene 1
        • One of the last jokes in the play signifies the end of happiness and the beginning of the tragedy
          • His death is significant because from there things start to go downhill
        • Evidence of Mercutio's light-hearted and joking personality even in death
          • His speeches are full of wordplay and crazy ideas, even in death

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