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By a close examination of his use of language comment in detail on the character of Mercutio Mercutio in Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet is one of Romeo Montagues best friends He is a relation of Captain Prince who is the captain of the police force in Verona Mercutio is a lively character with both a jovial side and a gloomy more secretive and hidden away side He has a duality in his personality One moment he is a fun joking character to be with and other times he can be a very bitter and brooding character He has a sharp wit which he uses in the jokes that he makes He is constantly making puns in his lines in the play and a lot of the time he is teasing or making a mockery of someone Mercutios language is very poetic and reflects his views on love His language is very strong and influential throughout his role the play Even at the point of his death he is still using puns and using humorous language A lot of the time when he is mocking someone it is Tybalt of the Capulet house Tybalt is a very good dueller and Mercutio ridicules his duelling skills In the words Come sir your passado Mercutio is making a fool of Tybalts sword skills even though Tybalts skill level is superior to Mercutios skill level Dramatic irony is introduced here because Tybalt then appears and slays Mercutio Mercutio tends to liven up the play with his hot headedness at times and his moods When he is in a good mood everyone else around him is in a good mood and the day is good When he is in a bad mood everything seems rushed and even the weather is bad The weather changes around his mood In Mercutios first appearance in the play he is in a street outside the Capulet mansion with Romeo and Benvolio and
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