Paper on Mercutio

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Ignorance. Cockiness. Usually these are not characteristics of desirable, cunning, and
charming men. But in the Renaissance they were. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet all of
these characteristics are wrapped into one man. Mercutio. Mercutio was very much liked by
the people of Verona then, but today it would be a different story. He was a bold leader
and a persuasive talker. In Romeo and Juliet Mercutio is the most dynamic character.

First of all, Mercutio is a good talker. In the very first words Mercutio says, he is able
to convince Romeo into crashing the Capulet party when he said, “Nay, gentle Romeo, we
must have you dance” an unthinkable thing to do for he was a Montague. Then he said, “You
are a lover. Borrow Cupid’s wings and soar with them above a common bound.” It showed his
ability to persuade and convince. Also, he was able to force Romeo into looking at other
girls. This was important to the whole story because if Mercutio could not convince him
into going in there the story would end before it started. Equally, he later makes a fool
of Tybalt before they are ready to fight by saying, “And but one word with one of us?
Couple it with something; make it a word and a blow.” Mercutio knew how to get out of
things by talking.

Furthermore, Mercutio was a humorous man. In his first scene he makes fun of Romeo and his
love for Rosaline. He says, “…of this sir-reverence love, wherein thou stickest upon to
the ears. Come, we burn daylight, ho!” He was being facetious. He also makes fun of
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