What character traits did Mercutio show during Romeo and Juliet? How did he exhibit them?
mercurial, an adjective meaning changeable; Mercury, the Roman messenger god and of eloquence; and mercury, the poisonous element.
Whereas Romeo is a melancholy Romantic regarding love, Mercutio is a skeptic realist and satirist when it comes to dreams and all things romantic. He makes fun or Romeo's lovesickness:
He is known for two famous monologues: his Queen Mab speech and his death scene, both of which are eerie foreshadowings of the tragedy to come. Indeed, Mercutio will be a martyr for the two families' hate. His playfulness will rile Tybalt, also his foil, into a duel where he is stabbed and dies. His famous "a plague upon your houses" foreshadows the tragedy to come.
Also, his death will incite a chain of events that leads to Romeo's exile and subsequent separation from his family, Mantua, and his new bride, Juliet.
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