The Importance of Mercutio to the Plot and Action of Romeo and Juliet
I believe that, although Mercutio is introduced to the play quite late
and his death occurs not too long after, much of the play's action,
interesting dialogue and comic relief revolves around him, making
Mercutio quite a central character.
It is Mercutio who inadvertently brings the two lovers together for
the first time when he lures Romeo to the gathering at Lord Capulet's
'Nay gentle Romeo, we must have you dance'
With these words Mercutio is attempting to entice Romeo into a playful
and social mood and this ...view middle of the document...
He realises Romeo's plight
but at the same time continues his realistic views and makes light of
the situation. To this Romeo replies in an almost depressed manner
highlighting further his seriousness
'I am too sore enpierced with his shaft
To soar with his light feathers; and so bound
I cannot bound a pitch above a dull woe:
Under love's heavy burden do I sink.
Without Mercutio's input I think Romeo would constantly harbour these
pessimistic views and his love for Juliet, or any other, would be less
likely to exist.
It is not until later in the play that we realise Mercutio's
importance to both Romeo and the story. Due to Mercutio's close
friendship with Romeo and his dislike and disdain of Tybalt it is he
who initiates the fight and his eventual death with Tybalt.
Mercutio begins by provoking Tybalt,
'â€¦Couple it with something, make it a word and a blow'
and follows by mocking his adversary