BBC Bitesize - GCSE English Literature - Themes - Revision 2
Mercutio is a fictional character in William Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. However, Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt, because Romeo now considers Tybalt to be kin due to his secret marriage to Juliet. Mercutio is incensed at. Romeo and Juliet centres on the developing relationship of Romeo and Juliet and Romeo's friendship with Mercutio, Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt so Mercutio. II,4, Benvolio. Tybalt, the kinsman of old Capulet, Hath sent a letter to his father's house. Mercutio. A challenge, on my life.
Even though Shakespeare's play is about a pair of 'star-crossed lovers', Shakespeare also wanted to examine the other types of love and how love can sometimes consume us, in a positive and negative way. How is the theme of love shown in the play?
How does Romeo interfering with Mercutio and Tybalt's fight affect the outcome of Romeo and Juliet?
Shakespeare explores love through a variety of ways: Shakespeare presents their initial meeting as passionate, flirtatious and true. The fact Romeo describes the kiss as 'tender' illustrates Romeo's gentle and true emotions and feelings for Juliet. This shows that their first meeting was charged with love and desire for one another. Romeo's friendship with Mercutio Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt so Mercutio takes his place.
When Tybalt kills Mercutio unjustly, Romeo swears to avenge his best friend's death, thus killing Tybalt. Either thou or I, or both, must go with him. He tells Tybalt that either he or Tybalt 'must go with him'.
This directly shows how passionate he feels about Mercutio, as someone will be joining Mercutio's soul in the journey to heaven. Romeo and Juliet's deaths Romeo goes to find Juliet in the Capulet tomb, believing her to be dead.
He takes some poison and dies. Shakespeare as well as writing the characters to the theme of conflict and violence. Shakespeare introduces a light heart character to engage the audience, to show that the play as a sense humour as the conflict and violence engage the audience.
Relationships in Romeo and Juliet
The character is Mercutio is a jest of the group of friends. Act 2 Scene 1. O Romeo, that she were, O that she were An open-arse and thou a properin pear! Come, shall we go? Shakespeare I think had great fun when writing for Mercutio character in the play because in above quote Mercutio mocking Romeo crush for other woman, and is suggest that her or maids sit under tree maybe point at Romeo and laugh at him.Analysing Tybalt
Also Mercutio is having fun with Romeo know that he will never be able lost virgin to her so he might as well slept in field. In Act 3 Scene 1.
Shakespeare has also made Mercutio being involved with the theme of conflict and violence with wit and acts himself get tangle with conflict with Tybalt because his is Romeo friend in Act 1 Scene 3. In contrast Shakespeare has writing the character Romeo still with theme of conflict and violence to engage audeince but audience interpretation of Romeo will be total refresher character with two sides of personality.
Act 1 Scene 5. Did my heart love till now?