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  • Mercutio
    • Queen Mab speech
      • speech is full of puns and innuendos. Shows Mercutio is intelligent and witty.
      • Shows Mercutio is cynical
        • "If love be rough with you, be rough with love; ***** love for pricking and you beat love down."
      • "I see Queen Mab hath been with you tonight."
        • Mocks Romeo saying the only reason he feels so good about love is because a fairy drugged him in his sleep.
      • Tone at beginning of monologue
        • Mocking, silly, playful.
        • change in tone
          • intense, bitter, deeply frustrated, angry
    • Death of Mercutio
      • "a plague on both your houses"
        • warns the audience that more suffering will happen
          • foreshadowing
            • Romeo and Juliet's death
    • Themes
      • Love
        • Mercutio's attitude towards love is cynical and a bit rude. He tells Romeo to stop being so soppy. He also makes a lot of sexual jokes, which contrast with romeo's romantic view of love.
      • honour
        • Mercutio should of been able to walk away from the fight, but he died because he was fighting to protect Romeos honour. Maybe Shakespeare was criticising the importance of honour and showing how pointless it is.


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