Similarities Between Romeo And Mercutio

931 Words4 Pages
Few stories are as renowned and appreciated as those written by William Shakespeare. His many plays have survived the centuries, and one of his most well-known plays, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, tells the story of two-star crossed lovers as their lives are lead to tragedy because of a feud between their families. Fate works against them, and they both end up killing themselves thinking they can not live without the other. One of the qualities of this play is it recurring use of foils to highlight the attributes of another character.. Mercutio serves as a foil for Romeo to help built both characters by their view of love, how they showcase one another’s flaws, and how Mercutio’s death motivates Romeo fro the purpose of giving the audience a deeper understanding.
Romeo and Mercutio have very opposite ideas about love. When Romeo is distraught over his unrequited love for Rosaline Mercutio goes on a long speech telling him of Queen Mab, a fairy who controls love. Mercutio says, “‘And in this state she gallops night by night Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love;”(1.4.71-72). Romeo and Mercutio’s views of love contrast throughout their time together and Mercutio teases Romeo for his love sickened ways often. Romeo is always in love and jumping into into it headfirst eventually dying for love. Mercutio does not believe in the fickleness of love or dreams, shown here by him calling love simple as a fairy who rides by and fills dreams with whispers of love. Their opposing views give the audience insight into what motivates them, and how having different beliefs about what love is can affect decisions.The audience now feels that Romeo weeping is ridiculous, just like Mercutio’s story of Queen Mab. Romeo and Mercutio’s contrasting views on love allow for a better understanding of their character.
The ways that Romeo and Mercutio behave serve a purpose to point out one another's good and bad attributes.Tybalt, angry at Romeo for attending the Capulet party, demands Romeo fight him. Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt saying his love him instead. Outraged, Mercutio says.” ‘ O calm dishonourable, vile submission! Alla stoccata carries it away, Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?’”(3.1.44-46). Romeo
Open Document