Mercutio's Death in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Mercutio's Death in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In 'Romeo and Juliet' Mercutio is the faithful friend of Romeo. His death comes as a huge shock to the audience, in Act three, Scene one, when he is brutally murdered by Tybalt, the violent cousin of Juliet. To understand the rest of the statement, one also has to look at the difference between a comedy and a tragedy. Shakespeare's plays can be separated into three different categories, the comedy, tragedy and the history. The comedy included amusing characters, with a familiar style of writing, humorous incidents and most importantly a happy ending. In contrast, the tragedy used serious or unhappy characters, a more serious, unnatural…show more content…
The language he uses, puns and innuendoes along with his familiar style show Mercutio as definitely 'comedy personified'. On the other hand, we can learn a lot more about Mercutio from Act one, Scene four, where we see another side of him. Mercutio comes across as being unpredictable and violent, as he changes from being joyful to being angry about dreams. We can see this from the way he speaks, '… I talk of dreams, which are the children of an idle brain…' The way that Mercutio changes personality suddenly, and how his words seem to become more and more irate and horrible, 'This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs, that presses them and makes them first to bear,' all make him seem erratic and perhaps even frightening. This other side to Mercutio that talks with the powerful, strong metaphorical images in verse is not how we imagine comedy. However, although Mercutio is unpredictable in this scene, he is mainly a witty character, who appeals to the audience greatly with his language used. I therefore believe that he is 'comedy personified' as he is very clever and comical overall. I think that his death and actions are very important to the play, as he has a fascinating character so that the audience can relate to him, the tension builds up and they become
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