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What kind of person is Mercutio?

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apeland1200 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 11, 2007 at 1:46 PM via web

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What kind of person is Mercutio?

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jess1999 | TA , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted June 18, 2014 at 12:18 AM (Answer #10)

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Mercutio is basically the class clown in Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare would use him a lot to brighten up the mood. For example, his mockery of Romeo's love for Rosaline definitely made the audience laugh.

In act 2 scene 4

Alas, poor Romeo! He is already dead, stabbed with a white wench’s black eye, shot through the ear with a love song, the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy’s butt shaft. And is he a man to encounter Tybalt?

Here we have Mercutio making fun of Romeo.

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meowmix | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted May 11, 2007 at 3:38 PM (Answer #1)

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Mercutio is a class clown. He will mock Romeo's views on love and do anything to make people laugh. Think of him as a Benvolio without a filter for his words. If you take a look at the Queen Mab speech in act one scene four, he is mocking Romeo's dream by saying a little fairy is responsible for dreams and that they don't mean anything.

He is a word master as well. He is the source of many puns in the play and is not afaid to use them. Romeo remarks to the nurse that Mercutio "A gentleman, nurse, that loves to hear himself talk; and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month" (act II, scene iv, 140-42).

With a personality like this, it no wonder that his friends thought he was acting as he realized the seriousness of his wound from the fight in act three scene one. As he is dying, he uses another pun. He tells the group that if they "ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man" (act III, scene i, 96-97). He needs to have the last word to point out to us the fact that it is the feud between the Montague and Capulet that have killed him.

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted May 12, 2007 at 3:18 AM (Answer #2)

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Mercutio is often considered a comic foil. (A foil is a character who by strong contract underscores or enhances the distinctive qualities of another character.) To his friend Romeo, Mercutio commands attention when he speaks, but comes across as likable during his witty and light-hearted banter with Romeo; however, there is another side to his character. Mercutio’s name is related to words such as mercurial, which means changeable, and mercury, a poisonous element; these words also represent another view of Mercutio’s personality: volatile and explosive.
He has a teasing quick wit and is swift to make bawdy, raucous and inappropriate comments, such as his teasing of Romeo to improve his mood when he is love struck by Rosaline and again in his conversation with the nurse who is looking for Romeo. It is his volatile nature, however, that proves to be deadly not only to himself but eventually to others in the fatal marketplace scene. In an instant he moves from joking with Benvolio to fatally quarreling. He finds himself so severely disappointed by what he views as Romeo’s cowardice in refusing to meet Tybalt’s challenge that he jumps in to meet it himself only to be mortally wounded when Tybalt takes unfair advantage of Romeo’s well-intentioned interference. On the verge of dying, Mercutio venomously wishes a plague on the houses of both the Montagues and the Capulets ,revealing the extent of his bitterness through the repetition of this curse not once but three times.

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juicybabymwakissme | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted April 22, 2008 at 10:50 PM (Answer #4)

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mercutio is mainly used in R&J to keep the peace and laugh things off, he is always making jokes, even when he dies

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shakell101 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 13, 2010 at 7:53 AM (Answer #5)

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Mercutio is like the moody type person
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megthepeg | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 8, 2011 at 4:53 PM (Answer #6)

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He can be funny and lively but he can get angry and moody really quickly which is one of the reasons why he dies.

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sweet1raman | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 18, 2011 at 10:37 AM (Answer #7)

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Mercutio is a class clown. He likes to joke around and make people smile. He will mock Romeo's views on love and do anything to make people laugh. If you take a look at the Queen Mab speech in act one scene four, he is mocking Romeo's dream by saying a little fairy is responsible for dreams and that they don't mean anything. He also uses a lot of puns. He’s the one who shrugs off the problems and makes everyone laugh. He likes to make up his own explanation for things like the fairy.(Queen Mab.) Everyone enjoys being around him.

 

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minmin4112 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted January 24, 2012 at 2:30 AM (Answer #8)

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a joker

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alexa-pink | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 11, 2012 at 4:02 AM (Answer #9)

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Mercutio is a guy that has a short temper, but also funny at times

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crystaltu001 | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 7, 2014 at 1:30 AM (Answer #11)

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Mercutio has very short temper and can get angry very fast

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ik9744 | TA , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted July 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM (Answer #12)

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Mercutio is a funny yet short temper.

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parama9000 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 2:13 PM (Answer #13)

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Mercutio lightens the mood of the tragedy of the play by underplaying and enhancing the distinctive qualities of other characters.

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