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The Pivotal Pair in William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet When one thinks of Shakespeares great works Romeo and Juliet probably comes to mind The characters of Romeo and Juliet however are one-dimensional They have no real depth to their characters and do not actually carry the plot I believe that the two characters who are really essential to the plotline are Tybalt and Mercutio two conflicting characters whose argument sets the play and its characters to another level of urgency Though Mercutio and Tybalt share certain character traits they are mostly opposites and can be juxtaposed to show the layers of contrast and complexity in each character Though Mercutio and Benvolio are the classic foils I believe that this pair is the more critical comparison for the purpose of advancing the plot Without these two Romeo and Juliet could not progress Both Tybalt and Mercutio are young full of energy and athletic Tybalt is accomplished with a blade Tybalt fights as you sing prick-song keeps time distance and proportion He rest his minim rests one two and the third in your bosom The very butcher of a silk button A duellist a duellist A gentleman of the very first house of the first and second cause Ah the immortal passado The punto reverso The hay 2420-27 Mercutio is less of a duellist but enjoys dancing and drinking and is forever speaking in puns and making fanciful rambling speeches Queen Mab speech 1453-95 The vitality of these two makes them quick to anger and their bad tempers precipitate the plays tragedy Both are young and energetic but Mercutios energy is more potent almost overwhelming He is forever joking an essentially happy character who can find humour in everything including Romeos misery Romeo Humours Madman Passion Lover Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh Speak but one rhyme and I am satisfied Cry but Ay me Pronounce but love and dove Speak to my
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