What themes are demonstrated with the passage from act 3, scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet beginning with, "Nay, an there were two such, we should have none" and ending with "thou wilt tutor me from quarrelling"?

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This passage from the beginning of Act III of Romeo and Juliet contains much situational irony as Mercutio , whose name suggests a mercurial, or volatile personality, scolds Benevolio, the usual peace-maker, for quarreling. Of course, the irony is that it is Mercutio who engages in a quarrel with Tybalt in this same...

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This passage from the beginning of Act III of Romeo and Juliet contains much situational irony as Mercutio, whose name suggests a mercurial, or volatile personality, scolds Benevolio, the usual peace-maker, for quarreling. Of course, the irony is that it is Mercutio who engages in a quarrel with Tybalt in this same scene.

In essence, then, Mercutio describes himself rather than Benvolio. And, ironically also, it is Benvolio who cautions Mercutio when they see the Capulets coming,

We talk here in the public haunt of men.
Either withdraw unto some private place
And reason coldly of your grievances,
Or else depart. Here all eyes gaze on us. (3.1.49-52) 

Of course, the passage from the beginning of Act III exemplifies the theme of Impetuosity that prevails throughout the drama with Romeo's hasty switch from his love for Rosaline to Juliet, his immediate proposal of marriage to Juliet after first meeting her, their hasty marriage, his revengeful stabbing of Tybalt after the killing of Mercutio, and his reckless purchase of poison and consumption of it after his hasty assumption that Juliet is dead in the catacombs.

Juliet, too, exhibits impetuous behavior in her marriage to Romeo even after learning that he is an enemy of her family, in her reactionary response to her father when he tells her that she must marry Paris, in her hasty agreement to follow Friar Laurence's plan although she fears that she may not wake up after taking the potion, and in her quick despair when she awakens and finds Romeo dead.

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