Mercutio: A Memorable Man of Words, Wisdom and Wonder

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Mercutio: A Memorable Man of Words, Wisdom and Wonder

While some may think Mercutio is a relatively insignificant character based on his premature death in the classic play Romeo and Juliet, many authors and playwrights alike, believe he is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most memorable creations. The character Mercutio displays this in many ways such as the following examples. Paragraph 1

First, Mercutio plays the classic character that is the free spirit. A very relatable character to reality. Here, in the story, Mercutio displays his wild and more energetic personality. "Nay, Romeo, we must have you dance" (p. 14). Mercutio in many ways represents the devil on the one side of Romeo's shoulder whereas Benvolio, Romeo's wiser and more understanding companion, would represent the angel. Mercutio, often in the play, tries to show Romeo what it means to live wildly and without rules. These traits may have been established before Mercutio was created, but, Mercutio was the first one to display these qualities as a way to comfort the protagonist. Romeo was in need of a friend and Mercutio provided humorous aid. Benvolio provided wiser and more thought out advice, whereas Mercutio simply suggested attending the Capulet party that was being thrown that very same day. This is the very same party that brought Romeo and Juliet together. If not for Mercutio, would Romeo have met Juliet?

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Second, Mercutio never fears to say what he thinks. This is a very memorable trait. Many people hold back their thoughts or opinions on certain topics because they are afraid to come across as rude, however, Mercutio doesn't feel the need to please anyone except himself and will gladly give his opinion on whoever he likes regardless of who it may offend. “Why that same pale-hearted wench, that Rosaline, torments him so that he will sure run mad.” (p. 45). Mercutio, in his last moments, reveals he wishes a plague on both the Capulet and the Montague...
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