Analyze Mercutio's dying remarks in act 3, scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch. Marry, ’tis enough (3.1.94).

Mercutio's sense of bawdy humor is with him until his last moments. Although he has been fatally stabbed by Tybalt, he refers to his wound as a "scratch," yet also more somberly notes that it will be "enough" to end his life. Mercutio's ability to bring a naughty sense of humor to any situation makes him one of the most memorable minor characters in Shakespeare's plays.

Ask for me
tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man (3.1.98–99).

Mercutio utilizes a pun here in the choice of the word "grave." On one hand, it reflects the seriousness of the situation (serious being an adjective not typically used to describe Mercutio); it also reflects that he knows that he will be dead by the next day, as he will be found in his physical grave as well. Mercutio's continued use of humor in the moments of his death reflect his ongoing wit.

A plague o’ both
your houses! (3.1.100–101)

Mercutio invokes a curse three times in his brief dying...

(The entire section contains 4 answers and 851 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team
An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team