By what names does Mercutio call Romeo?
Mercutio and Romeo are best friends and they often joke with each other. Mercutio is sometimes quite caustic and uses sexual innuendo a number of times in the play. At different points he calls Romeo a lover, a madman, an ape and a dried herring.
In Act I, Scene 4 as the Montague men are on their way to Capulet's party, Mercutio tries to raise Romeo's spirits. Romeo is sad and depressed over his failed love for Rosaline so Mercutio insists that Romeo go to the party and have a good time. He says,
You are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings
And soar with them above a common bound.
Nay, I’ll conjure too.
Romeo! Humors! Madman! Passion! Lover!
Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh.
Speak but one rhyme and I am satisfied.
The ape is dead, and I must conjure him.—
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.
Without his roe, like a dried herring. O
flesh, flesh, how art thou fishified!