The first instance of this relationship that exists between Romeo and Mercutio is evident in ACT 1, SCENE 4. Romeo, Mercutio, and Benvolio are headed to the Capulet's party. While Romeo is idealistic in his naïve trust in love, Mercutio is more pragmatic and is not blinded by the follies of love. In a sense, Mercutio almost pities the fact that Romeo is so ignorant to reality. Because Romeo is so romantic and unrealistic, Mercutio acts as his conscience, a guiding basis for Romeo's irrational decisions. When Romeo announces absentmindedly, "I dreamed a dream to-night." (Act 1, Scene 4) Mercutio responds with his famous Queen Mab speech, "O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you. She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes in shape no bigger than an agate-stone Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love; O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on court'sies straight, O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees,
O'er ladies ' lips, who straight... [continues]
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