A Comparison Of Mercutio And Tybalt In Romeo And Juliet
A Comparison of Mercutio and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet
For this assignment I intend to write and discuss the differences and
similarities of two characters portrayed in the play Romeo and Juliet.
As well as describing and analysing them I will also show how these
characters are presented in two adaptations of films by two different
directors Zeffirelli and Lurhmann. These two characters are Mercutio
and Tybalt; both characters play an important role as they both affect
the outcome of the play and decisions other characters may have to
These two beings have a great grudge against each other which causes
death to arise between the two. The main reason for this grudge is
that Mercutio is from the Montague’s and Tybalt from the Capulet’s two
communities with a bitter rival for one another. As well as Mercutio
being from the Montague’s so is Romeo, however unlike Mercutio Romeo
wants to resolve this dispute peacefully, so it does not interfere
with his love for Juliet, from the Capulet’s. Romeos love for Juliet
doesn’t seem to do justice and makes Tybalt’s hatred increase even
Mercutio is supposedly 14 we can only presume this as his age is not
confirmed. He is seen as one of the main characters in the play along
with Romeo, Juliet and Tybalt. During the play there are many actions
and responses which reveal his true identity. One of these phrases is
“I will not budge for no mans pleasure” (act 3, scene 1) from this
statement we discover Mercutio can be ignorant, stubborn and silly
however during another scene he also says “ay, ay a scratch, a scratch
marry ‘tis enough” which indicates he can be a joker and humorous.
Overall he seems to be loose and “outgoing” but foolish and this
weakness later on costs him his life.
His two main companions, Romeo and Benvolio, seem to “back him up”
with any problems particularly with his feud for Tybalt. One quotation
which Benvolio says to Mercutio is “What, art thou hurt?” this shows
he is caring towards him also at the time of Mercutio’s Death Benvolio
is willing enough to help him into his house so he can rest peacefully
when he returns he also say another kind thing which is “That gallant
spirit hath aspired the clouds”. Romeo also plays a part by seeking
out revenge on Tybalt so much that he actually kills him. Without a
doubt if he wasn’t this close to Mercutio he would not of executed
this act of violence for him.
Mercutio’s role is quite impressive with his main scene he could of
questionably stole the show. His main part Act 3, Scene 1 sees what he
is really like showing his true self saying such comments as “By my
heel, I care not” seeing how impolite he can really be even at the
time of a fight. He first exchanges words with Tybalt which leads to a
fight but it was obvious they both were...
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A Character Comparison Of Tybalt And Mercutio In William Shakespears's Romeo And Juliet
The Pivotal Pair
in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
When one thinks of Shakespeare's great works, Romeo and Juliet probably comes to mind. The characters of Romeo and Juliet, however, are one-dimensional. They have no real depth to their characters and do not actually carry the plot. I believe that the two characters who are really essential to the plotline are Tybalt and Mercutio, two conflicting characters whose argument sets the play and its characters to another level of urgency.
Though Mercutio and Tybalt share certain character traits, they are mostly opposites and can be juxtaposed to show the layers of contrast and complexity in each character. Though Mercutio and Benvolio are the classic "foils," I believe that this pair is the more critical comparison for the purpose of advancing the plot. Without these two, Romeo and Juliet could not progress.
Both Tybalt and Mercutio are young, full of energy and athletic. Tybalt is accomplished with a blade:
[Tybalt] fights as
you sing prick-song: keeps time, distance, and
proportion. He rest his minim rests, one, two, and
the third in your bosom. The very butcher of a
silk button. A duellist, a duellist! A gentleman of
the very first house, of the first and second cause.
Ah, the immortal passado! The punto reverso! The
Mercutio is less of a duellist but enjoys dancing and drinking, and is forever speaking in puns and making fanciful, rambling speeches (Queen Mab speech, 1.4.53-95). The vitality of these two makes them quick to anger, and their bad tempers precipitate the play's tragedy.
Both are young and energetic, but Mercutio's energy is more potent, almost overwhelming. He is forever joking, an essentially happy character who can find humour in everything, including Romeo's misery:
Romeo! Humours! Madman! Passion! Lover!
Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh:
Speak but one rhyme and I am satisfied;
Cry but 'Ay me!' Pronounce but 'love' and 'dove';
Speak to my gossip Venus one fair word,
One nickname for her purblind son and heir,
Young Abraham Cupid, he that shot so trim
When King Cophetua lov'd the beggar-maid.
He heareth not, he stirreth not, he moveth not:
The ape is dead, and I must conjure him.
I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes,
By her high forehead, and her scarlet lip,
By her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh,
And the demesnes that there adjacent lie,
That in thy likeness appear to us! (2.1.7-21)
Tybalt has no such sense of humour but is annoyed and angry at Mercutio's refusal to be serious.
Alana FletcherFletcher 2
12 December 2002
Tybalt: Mercutio, thou consort'st with Romeo -
Mercutio: Consort! What,...
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