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Romeo and Juliet : Mercutio

Mrs. Kaiser's Class - Exploring Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Mercutio

Mercutio, the witty skeptic, is a foil for Romeo, the young Petrarchan lover. Mercutio mocks Romeo's vision of love and the poetic devices he uses to express his emotions.

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Mercutio

Mercutio, with his ice-cold hand, the lion among maidens, chooses above all things a defiant liberty of speech, gaily at war with the proprieties, an airy freedom of fancy, a careless and masterful courage in dealing with life, as though it were a matter of slight importance. 

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Mercutio

Mercutio

Mercutio

In almost every performance, Mercutio steals the show. Audiences love him – he's dirty and funny and out of control. 

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