Mercutio s characteristics
On the other hand, maybe it doesn't make much sense to apply 21st century categories of sexual desire to a 16th century play.
The take-home point, we think, is that for Mercutio, sex is always a little gross and dirty—and always a little crazy. But there is more then one character within the play, one of which is Mercutio.
We first see Romeos character developing during the early stages of the play, and quiet dramatically. Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh, Speak but one rhyme and I am satisfied. His unsteady behavior makes him wise beyond his intentions.
Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down. How does Shakespeare present Benvolio here and in the rest of the play? Mercutio is antagonistic toward Tybalt by suggesting that Tybalt is a follower of the new trends in swordsmanship, which he regards as effeminate.
But it helps us get an idea of just how flashy Mercutio is. This fight scene shows Mercutio, Romeo's friend, killed.
Tybalt is also out, determined to challenge Romeo to a duel.
What is mercutios role in the play
His name puns on the word mercurial which means unpredictably changeable. In fact, English poet John Dryden said that Shakespeare himself admitted that he had to kill Mercutio—or else, he said, Mercutio would have killed him. Take his Queen Mab speech, which starts off as a bizarre rant about the mythological fairy Queen Mab and ends up talking about of course sex: This is that very Mab that plats the manes of horses in the night And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs, Which once untangled, much misfortune bodes. Da Porto briefly introduces a character named Marcuccio Guertio, a noble youth "with very cold hands, in July as in January", who makes Giulietta Cappelletti appreciate the warm hands of Romeo Montecchi. These qualities are explored further in Act 3, Scene 1. Mercutio is antagonistic toward Tybalt by suggesting that Tybalt is a follower of the new trends in swordsmanship, which he regards as effeminate. Escalus is also responsible for banishing Romeo from Verona after Romeo killed Tybalt, an act of mercy on the Prince"s part.
An example of this is when the audience wants Romeo to receive the note from Friar Lawrence saying that Juliet is not actually dead.
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