Mercutio

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Mercutio is one of the most unique characters in Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet". His language is always powerful and imaginative. He represents many different things in the play and holds an important role. Both of these categories will be explored in this essay, among other things. First of all, Mercutio is Romeo's friend. He is neither Montague, nor Capulet. Therefore, he has not been born into a feud and really has no side. However, his bond with Romeo does make him associated with the Montagues. Mercutio's character stands out from the rest because of his energy in everything he does and says. He is very fun loving and has a genuine love for life. He is living his life on the edge and always looking for something new and exciting to do. He is constantly playing on words, using two or more meanings. Romeo once describes him as, "A gentlemen…who loves to hear himself talk." As displayed in his Queen Mab speech in Act I Scene iv, he is very imaginative. He describes in intimate detail everything about a little world he has imagined. He creates this miniature society which he uses to explain how we get our dreams. In that same scene, Mercutio reveals to the audience how he believes one should chase after what is desired. He tells Romeo to not be afraid to take charge saying: "If love be rough with you, then be rough with love." Mercutio teases Romeo, in Act I Scene iv: "Romeo! Humours! Madman! Passion! Lover! Appear though in the likeness of a sigh." This shows how Mercutio simply cannot understand Romeo's love for Juliet, and that he sees his love as simply a confusion of emotions. Mercutio is very independent and free and does not understand how someone could want or need anyone or anything else in his life to fulfill it. Mercutio wants to live his life on the spur of the moment. He is not interested in being dependent on anyone. There are two main reasons Mercutio's character is important to the actual plot of "Romeo & Juliet". First of all, Mercutio...
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