What is Mercutio's attitude toward love? How do you know?
Mercutio is quite practical about love and sees it more as an annoyance and a burden than anything else. His comments about the topic during his conversation with Romeo in Act 1, Scene 4 makes his sentiment very clear. He advises the lovesick and troubled young Montague:
If love be rough with you, be rough with love;
Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.
In this extract, he ambiguously refers to both the emotion itself as well as the one who provokes it. He tells Romeo that if he is treated roughly by love or the one he loves he should return the sentiment and be equally abrasive. Furthermore, if he is hurt by love or by his beloved, he should, likewise, return the favor. He is, in effect, telling Romeo that he should not become a victim but that he should "beat love down." In other words, Romeo should fight back and withstand whatever injury he may encounter from love itself or the object of his passion.
In Act 2, Scene 1, Mercutio confirms his cynicism about love. When Benvolio
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