Why is Mercutio so talkative in Romeo and Juliet?
Mercutio is Romeo's best friend and one of the most interesting characters in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. His Queen Mab speech in Act I, Scene 4 is fascinating for its combination of fantasy and word play. When this scene is performed it is usually suggested that Mercutio is improvising and reeling off words from the top of his head. He is a great entertainer and he has the Montague men intrigued by his story of a fairy who roams people's brains and makes them dream of everything from money to violence. Indeed, Mercutio is a great speaker, and when he is on stage Shakespeare gives him plenty of lines. The reason for his talkative demeanor is explained by Romeo in Act II, Scene 4:
A gentleman, nurse, that loves to hear himself
talk and will speak more in a minute than he will
stand to in a month.
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