Character analysis of Mercutio

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When we study the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, the play's obvious messages of fate and love become apparent. It is about two people in love who commit suicide when their feuding families prevent them from being together. However, one of the biggest underlying questions that rest on the mind of the reader is: "Who is Mercutio, and what is his role in the play?  The play has many characters, each with their own role in keeping the plot line. Some characters have very little to do with the plot but some have the plot revolving around them. Mercutio is one of the most unique characters in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. His most important role, however, is that Mercutio is Romeo's friend. He is neither a Montague, nor a Capulet. Therefore, he has not been born into a feud yet he still allies himself with the Capulets.

Mercutio's character stands out from the rest because of the energy in everything says and does. He is constantly playing on words, using two or more meanings. Romeo once describes him as, "A gentlemen ¦who loves to hear himself talk" (2.4.145-147). Also, displayed in his Queen Mab speech in Act I Scene IV, he is very imaginative. He describes in intimate

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