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The speech which Mercutio gives to Romeo in which he speaks of Queen Mab and her antics is given on the way to the party thrown by the Capulets Romeo has thus far simply been the picture of the wounded lover He has moped about and proclaimed that he is burdened by love and that he cant escape it although it is apparent that thus far the love of which he speaks is more physical and shallow than true love Mercutio proceeds to tell him that he is just in love with love allowing love-supposedly a tender thing-to overburden him and to treat him roughly Mercutio also tells him that he should be rough in return and prick love for pricking and beat love down Act I scene IV lines 27-28 Mercutio has been telling Romeo for the entire play thus far that he is a lover Act I scene IV line 17 and that he is simply playing the part of the lover Romeo tells Mercutio that he has had a dream-speaking of love-and Mercutio replies that he did too and that dreamers lie whereupon Romeo twists his words saying In bed asleep while they do dream things true Act I scene IV line 52 This leads Mercutio into the speech The complexity of the speech reflects the complexity of Mercutios character He shows depth through his use of a complex explanation to make such a simple point-that dreamers often lie Act I scene IV line 51 though they may think that the dreams are true He rambles on and on about minute details until finally Romeo asks him to stop telling him that he is speaking of nothing whereupon Mercutio replies True I talk of dreams Act I scene IV line 96 In other words Mercutio is saying that he has made his point that dreams are just that and are as full of substance as the air and are made up
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