Mercutio In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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Throughout The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Mercutio proves himself to be a complex Character. He does this in three ways by definition, interactions with other characters, and by advancing the plot. Mercutio is proven by definition when he displays strengths, weaknesses and a full range of emotions. This occurs when Tybalt asks Benevelo if he is friends with Romeo, Benevelo responds “Consort? What, dost thou make us minstrels? An thou make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but discords. Here’s my fiddlestick. Here’s that shall make you dance. Zounds, “consort”!”(III. i. 41-44) In this response Mercutio seems to doge Tybalt’s question by pretending that Tybalt had insulted him and Romeo by calling them a concert. This shows possible weakness. …show more content…
He is the first to discover Romeos is deeply in love, though he mistakes it for a love of Rosaline. Expressing his concern for Romeo, Mercutio stammers “My invocation/Is fair and honest. In his mistress' name”(II.i.27-28).He tries to warn Romeo calling it would just be trouble but Romeo would not here nor listen to Mercutios warning, “The ape is dead” (II. i.16). Because of Romeos ignorance to Mercutios warning Romeo will pursue and find Juliet. On that occasion Romeo will plan to marry Juliet and will create much unnecessary conflict between the Capulet and Montague houses. Another key interaction of Mercutio is his fight with Tybalt. Trying to be Chivalrous Mercutio accepts Tybalts dueling challenge to Romeo because he believe Romeo is to afraid to fight. Mercutio seals his fate when he bellows “O calm dishonourable, vile submission! Alla stoccata carries it away. (draws his sword )Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?”(III. i. 68-70). In this fight Mercutio is stabbed by a pungent blow which will lead to his eventual death confirmed by Benevelo “O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio is dead!” (III.i.119). Mercutios death creates a ripple effect that Starts with Romeo challenging Tybalt to avenge Mercutio. Tybalt accepts the challenge and is killed by Romeo. A consequence for his action Romeo is banished by the prince. Because of Romeos banishment Juliet