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Analysis of Characters and Language in Romeo and Juliet
Transcript of Analysis of Characters and Language in Romeo and Juliet
Appreciation of Shakespeare's use of characterisation, themes, plot and setting (20% of total grade.)
Literature paper - two questions worth 30 marks each.
1. Romeo and Juliet
2. Of Mice and Men
"Mercutio is a far more interesting character than Romeo."
Do you agree? Explore what we learn about the two men during the course of the play.
The power of love
Romeo is in love with love, so much so that the name 'Romeo' has since become
- On their way to Capulet's party, Mercutio mocks his best friend Romeo for being infatuated with Rosaline.
- Mercutio and Bevolio cannot find Romeo after the party. Mercutio mocks both Romeo and Rosaline again.
- Mercutio mocks Tybalt for challenging Romeo to a duel and calls him the "prince of cats" with Benvolio. Romeo arrives and he Mercutio is glad to see he has moved on from Rosaline. Juliet's nurse marches in and demands to speak to Romeo. Mercutio teases her with inappropriate jokes and pretends to flirt with her.
- When Tybalt comes looking for Romeo, both he and Mercutio trade insults. Romeo appears, but he refuses to fight, even when Tybalt provokes him. Tybalt and Mercutio fight. When Romeo tries to stop them from dueling, Tybalt wounds Mercutio. Although he jokes about his wound, Tybalt is seriously hurt.
- Mercutio curses both Romeo and Mercutio before he dies.
Act 1 scene 4 - "If love be rough with you, be rough with love."
Act 2 scene 4 - ―"Alas poor Romeo! he is already dead; stabbed with a white wench's black eye; shot through the ear with a love-song; the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy's butt-shaft: and is he a man to encounter Tybalt?"‖
Act 3 scene 1 - "No,‗tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but tis enough, twill serve: ask for Me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man. I am peppered, I warrant, for this world."‖
Act 1 scene 1 - "Out of her love."
Act 3 scene 1 - "O sweet Juliet, Thy beauty hath made me effeminate. And in my temper soften'd valour's steel!"
Act 2 scene 2 - "But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."
Important Quotations Explained
Top 3 Quotes
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Top 3 Quotes
Themes he links to:
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Based on what we know, what type of character is Mercutio?
He is a foil to Romeo. A foil is a character who is
the direct opposite to the main character.
Capabale of sensitivity
He is quickly infatuated by the idea of love (Rosaline then Juliet.)
He must experience true love however, as he commits suicide upon discovering Juliet's 'death.'
Love obscures Romeo's vision and he is driven by love alone.
However, he is also seen as impulsive, loyal and brave.
Romeo is apt to blame everything on the stars.
Quote Analysis - Read over the key quotes and analysis.