Character Analysis: Mercutio in Rome & Juliet

Character Analysis: Mercutio in Rome & Juliet


In the play “Romeo & Juliet” by William Shakespeare, Mercutio plays in different roles. The role that Mercutio plays in is to help Romeo and figure out his love problems, also to make fun and make jokes about Romeo and to stir up trouble and challenge a fight for pride.

The role of Mercutio, who is best friends with Romeo, was to help Romeo and his troubles with love. Mercutio is introduced when he brings Romeo and his friends to the Capulet’s party since he had access to go in. Mercutio tried to help Romeo to get over Rosaline, whom Romeo was deeply in love with, by convincing him to come to the party and have fun. This is demonstrated when Mercutio says, “You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings and soar with them above a common bound.” (I, iv, 17-18), this shows that Mercutio tried to convince Romeo to come to the party when Romeo didn’t feel like going. Mercutio also helped Romeo with love when he says (I, iv, 27), “If love be rough with you, be rough with love.” The role that Mercutio played in is not only helping Romeo and his troubles with love, but also to make fun of him.

Mercutio is a prankster who makes a lot of fun. When Romeo hid outside the Capulet’s orchard, Mercutio made fun of him by mentioning about Rosaline and how attractive she was. It is shown when Mercutio says in (I, iv, 19-23), “I conjure thee by Rosaline’s bright eyes. By her high forehead and her scarlet lip, by her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh, and the demesnes that there adjacent lie, that in thy likeness thou appear to us!” He thought that the only way to get into Romeo’s head was to talk about Rosaline. We see his characteristics as a man who likes to joke around. Because of Mercutio’s jokes, he insulted Tybalt into getting a fight with him. His insults also proposed a challenge to Tybalt for a fight to defend his best friend Romeo.

Mercutio fights for pride and is not afraid to fight for what he believes in. When Tybalt, who is Juliet’s...

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