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Character Study on Mercutio Kornel Katai 5k Mercutio is one of the most distinctive characters in Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet His language is always powerful and creative He represents many different things in the play and holds an important role Both of these categories will be explored later among other things First of all Mercutio is Romeos friend He is neither a Montague nor a Capulet Therefore he has not been born into a feud and really has no side However his friendship with Romeo does make him connected with the Montagues Mercutios character stands out from the rest because of his energy in everything he does and says He is very fun loving and has a true love for life He is living his life on the edge and always looking for something new and exciting to do He is constantly playing on words using two or more meanings Romeo once describes him as A gentlemenwho loves to hear himself talk As displayed in his Queen Mab speech in Act I Scene iv he is very imaginative He describes in dear detail everything about a little world he has imagined He creates this tiny society which he uses to explain how we get our dreams In that same scene Mercutio reveals to the audience how he believes one should chase after what is desired He tells Romeo to not be afraid to take charge saying If love be rough with you then be rough with love Mercutio teases Romeo in Act I Scene iv Romeo Humours Madman Passion Lover Appear though in the likeness of a sigh This shows how Mercutio simply cannot understand Romeos love for Juliet and that he sees his love as simply confused emotions Mercutio is free and does not understand how someone could want or need anyone or anything else in his life to fulfil it He is not interested in being dependent on anyone
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