What are the literary qualities in Mercutio's Queen Mab speech and what is its significance in the play? What is the quotes overall significance to the play?
The Queen Mab speech comes just before they go to the party. Romeo has been a lousy friend as of late--self absorbed, depressed and in the midst of an unrequited love that has no hope of ever being requited. In part this scene helps to establish a disconnect between Romeo and Mercutio, and helps also to establish Mercutio's values and personality in contrast to Romeo.
When Mercutio says that Romeo speaks of dreams, and, therefore, speaks of nothing, he may not simply be spinning words, but may be pointing out to Romeo how far from reality he has strayed with his imaginary love affair with Rosaline (if this is the case and if it does affect Romeo, then it may have had a pivotal effect in the play by opening Romeo's eyes...
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