The play opens with the chorus reciting a poem. Then, in the opening dialogue, Shakespeare spices his writing with puns and double-entendres, as when the servants Sampson and Gregory make veiled sexual references: The quarrel is between our masters and us their men.
Mercutio tries to persuade Romeo to dance at Capulet's feast, but Romeo insists that he is too sadly love-lorn to do anything but hold a torch. Then Romeo says it's not wise to go to the feast at all, because of a dream he had.
Mercutio mocks Romeo's belief in his dream by going on and on about "Queen Mab," but Romeo is sure that some terrible fate awaits him. Nevertheless, he goes into the feast with his friends. In the previous scene, a servingman told Lady Capulet and Juliet that the feast was already beginning.
Now, at about the same time of evening, we see what is happening just outside Capulet's door. Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio, and some others are about to make an appearance at the feast.
Mercutio may be an invited guest, but Romeo and Benvolio, Montague kin, certainly are not. Nevertheless, they are not malicious party-crashers. They have masks, they are prepared to dance, and they have an introductory speech written.
As the scene opens we hear Romeo, who may have a copy of the speech in his hand, saying "What, shall this speech be spoke for excuse? Benvolio wants to go right on in, so he declares that "The date is out of such prolixity" 1. Then he mocks what used to be done: Lath is cheap wood, suitable only for making a fake bow, and a "Tartar's bow" is short and arched like Cupid's bow.
Benvolio is making fun of maskers who used to have one of their number dress up as Cupid to make a pretty speech about love.
Such a prologue was supposed to be memorized, but the person who delivered the speech usually stumbled through it with much help from a prompter who had the speech written down.
So, away with all that, says Benvolio. Let the guests at the feast think what they want to, he says, "We'll measure [give] them a measure [dance]and be gone" 1. Benvolio's speech about what they're going to do makes us understand what kind of thing they're up to.
It's going to be fun.
They're going to make the festivities more festive by being quick, being gone, and leaving everyone wondering. But Romeo is not in the mood. He says, "Give me a torch: As a torch-bearer, he wouldn't wear a mask or do any dancing.
He's being a party-pooper, and why? Because he's "heavy," depressed, melancholy. He does make a little pun on the word "light," but he's still ruining the fun.
For the rest of the scene Mercutio tries to talk Romeo into a better mood, but Romeo constantly resists, using word-play as his defensive weapon. A "common bound" is an ordinary leap in a dance; Mercutio is telling Romeo that love can give him the power to make an extraordinary leap.
Dancers were proud of their high leaps; Queen Elizabeth's were famous.Romeo and Juliet, abridged. ROMEO: I’m Romeo, and I used to be emo and annoying but now I’m so totally in luuuuurve and it’s AWESOME. MERCUTIO: Okay, three things: One, there’s only room in this play for one awesome character and it’s me, webkandii.com, you’re still emo and annoying.
Mercutio (/ m ər ˈ k juː ʃ i oʊ / mər-KEW-shee-oh) is a fictional character in William Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. He is a close friend to Romeo and a blood relative to Prince Escalus and Count Paris. [PAGE,] and MEN.
|ROMEO AND JULIET, Act 3, Scene 1||Mercutio is the very antithesis to Romeo. Upon the morning after the betrothal with Juliet, a meeting happens between Romeo and Mercutio.|
|ADDITIONAL MEDIA||O, speak again, bright angel!|
|See a Problem?||Her father states she "hath not yet seen the change of fourteen years" in 1. Even in Shakespeare's England, most women were at least 21 before they married and had children.|
BENVOLIO 1 I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire: 2 The day is hot, the Capulets abroad, 3 And, if we meet, we shall not scape a brawl; 4 For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring. MERCUTIO 5 Thou art like one of those fellows that when he.
Feb 18, · 3 thoughts on “ Mercutio’s Death ” Amanda M. February 19, at pm I think you made a valid point about Mercutio.
He was the comic relief throughout the play and it is when he dies that the play . Which too untimely here did scorn the earth: i.e., Mercutio's spirit, at the wrong moment, scorned the safety of life on earth. That gallant spirit hath aspired the clouds, Which too untimely here did scorn the earth.
Romeo and Juliet simplified. Synopsis. Centuries ago, the Montagues and Capulets were Verona’s dominant families, the two being serious enemies, something like .