Mercutio essayIn this essay I will be commenting on and contrasting Mercutio’s character. I will also be analyzing Shakespeare’s use of literary devices and how it influences the play. In my opinion, Mercutio is the most eccentric person in Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet. His unconventional nature causes some to believe him to be absurd or even peculiar but I find him truly amusing. Mercutio’s background or family isn’t mentioned in the play but he is neither Montague nor Capulet. At the beginning of the play, Mercutio’s personality really starts to shine as he proves his intelligence by having an opinion on everything. ‘If love be rough with you, be rough with love.
Prick love for the pricking and beat love down.’ This quote basically means get your own back on love and you will defeat love before it defeats you. This quote is referring to Romeo as Mercutio believes he is in love with Rosaline.
Technically, he is but maybe Romeo is in love with love instead. As Romeo could just be a hopeless romantic yearning for girl after girl. The literary devices used in this quote are personification. As love is an inanimate object; it’s an emotion and Mercutio speaks like it is a person.Mercutio is brave but also headstrong. He is courageous as he is not afraid of the King of Cats, Tybalt. But this could be mistaken for stupidity as Tybalt is known for his fiery personality and his urge to resolve his dilemmas by violence.
But ironically that is the death of him. ‘O he’s the courageous captain of compliments.’ In this quote, Mercutio is insulting Tybalt as if he was a minor.
By teasing him Mercutio is proving that he is not at all scared of Tybalt. The literary devices used in this quote are alliteration. The use of alliteration is used to humiliate Tybalt and make him seem foolish.Mercutio is full of poems and enjoys talking about mythical/made up creatures. ‘I see Queen Mab has been with you.
She is the fairies’ midwife and she comes in shape no bigger than a agaste-stone.’ Mercutio is talking about Queen Mab, a mythical fairy, who is responsible for delivering the creations’ ‘sleep imagination’ (dreams). Mercutio is saying that dreams will remain as dreams and not become a reality. Mercutio is referring to Romeo’s infatuation on Rosaline. The literary device used in this particular quote is metaphor.In the middle of the play, Mercutio is fatally stabbed by the King of Cats, Tybalt. ‘I am hurt. A plague a ‘both your houses.
I am sped. Is he gone, and hath nothing?’ At this point Mercutio is bleeding profusely by a stab wound inflicted by Tybalt, Mercutio knows this is the end for him so he begins cursing Capulet’s and Montague’s both. In the Elizabethan era they were extremely superstitious as they believed there was nothing worse than a dying man’s curse.
The literary device used is short sentences. The use of short sentences causes tension and suspense for the reader.’Nor tis not so deep as well, nor so wide as a church door but tis enough, t’will serve. Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man.’ Mercutio is basically saying that he will not live to see the next day as he will be a ‘grave man’. He is also saying that his wound may not be that deep but it is enough to kill him. Even though Mercutio is practically dying he is still joking about and speaking in riddles.
This indicates that he was truly full of life even when he was using his last dying breath. The literary devices used are puns and similes.