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The theme of death is portrayed many times by the characters Mercutio Romeo and Juliet The first instance of this theme was in act 3 when Mercutio challenged Tybalt to a sword fight Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find a grave man31104 Also as Mercutio is dying he says Help me into some house Benvolio Or I shall Faint 31113 Both quotes show how Mercutio partook in the death theme In Act 5 Romeo again reveals the death theme Upon hearing of Juliets death he is so heartbroken that he goes to the apothecary to get poison so he can join Juliet To Juliets grave for there must I use thee 5193 When Romeo is about to drink the poison he says Heres to my love Drinks O true apothecary Thy drugs are quick Thus with a kiss I die Falls 53122 This shows how Romeo loves Juliet so much so that he is willing to die to be with her After Juliet wakes up from her death-like sleep she sees Romeos dead corpse and like him wants to join him in death O churl Drunk all and left no friendly drop to help me after I will kiss his lips Haply some poison yet doth hang on them To make me die with a restorative 54163-164 shows how desperate she is to join him and O happy dagger Snatches Romeos dagger This is thy sheath there rust and let me die She stabs herself and falls 54169-170 shows her following through All these quotes show how the theme death was portrayed by the characters Mercutio Romeo and Juliet in the play Romeo and Juliet This theme was very important to the play for it is the core of the tragedy and helps to heighten the emotional sensitivity of the characters which helps accelerate the pace of the plot
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