Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is filled with interesting characters, plots, and twists. Two of the most notable characters in the play are Mercutio and the Nurse. They both bring an exciting element of comic relief and also a sense of tragedy that shapes the outcome of the plot and the plays fatal ending. These two characters acted as the closest companions to Romeo and Juliet (aside from each other after meeting) and were influential and bold characters throughout the play.

Mercutio was related to the Prince, but also acted as Romeo’s dearest friend. Mercutio was bold outspoken, and seemingly eccentric. The Nurse acted as a surrogate mother to Juliet all of her life and was her closest friend and confidante. Her personality was funny, helpful, and very protective of Juliet, though it may not have been for the best. Both characters played a huge role in the romance of the young lovebirds and their relationships and advice often influenced the teens throughout the play. They both had a very different view of love than do the lovesick teens, yet were loyal companions who supported them in their differences of opinions. So how do these friendships influence and affect the relationship of Romeo and his fairest Juliet, and its outcome?

Throughout the play, Mercutio and the Nurse made it clear that they did not share the same views on love as did Romeo and Juliet. They both displayed actions and verbal quotes suggesting that love was not a real emotion, and was merely an exaggerated appetite for lust. Often Mercutio acknowledges that Romeo is a “lover”, but tends to downplay the emotion and attempts to warn that love is troublesome and teases him for his feelings. When Mercutio states, “If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.” (49), he is trying to advise Romeo and love does hurt and that he must learn to deal with these emotions and fight back instead of simply complaining of his...
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