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(Romeo And Juliet William Shakespeare) What Do You Think Of The Idea That Mercutio Was Killed Off By Shakespeare As He Is A Much More Interesting Character Than Romeo?

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We expect Romeo, being the eponym and hero, to be the character of central focus throughout the play. However, at times, Mercutio seems more interesting to the audience and draws the focus away from Romeo. His death and its consequences shift the focus back on to Romeo and Juliet. This may have been intentional, on Shakespeare's part.~Benvolio presents Romeo as one who keeps to himself as he is alone but for his love for Rosaline. In fact, Romeo "gladly flew from" Benvolio as he approached. It is his love-sickness that is made apparent by Romeo himself and even he admits, "This is not Romeo". He is softened by his infatuation with Rosaline. He speaks poetically and romantically of her but appears less poetic than pathetic, to the audience."... she'll not be hitWith Cupid's arrow, she hath Dian's wit:"However, Romeo expresses confusion with many oxymora. He cries, "O brawling love, O loving hate", for example. This is comparable to Juliet's similar oxymora, after she hears of Romeo's killing of Tybalt. For example, she cries:"A damned saint, an honourable villain:"Many observe that Romeo is in love with love itself. Indeed, he always appears caught up in it and rarely acts admirably as a result. While he exclaims that love is "brawling" and later that "it is too rough", he seems to always be deep in love and passion. He goes from infatuation with Rosaline..."From love's weak childish bow she lives uncharm'd"... to passionate love of Juliet,"For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night."~We first meet Mercutio in the 4th scene. His cynicism is immediately made apparent by his suggestion to Romeo, to "borrow Cupid's wings". He continues, a little later, with his Queen Mab Speech. He begins with the deepest cynicism with his fairy story:"O I see Queen Mab hath been with youShe is the Fairies' midwife..."However, his fantastical details, which at first seem deeply sarcastic, he appears to begin to believe. He is so caught up in this that he has to be soothed by Romeo:"Peace, peace, Mercutio peace,Thou talk'st of nothing."This shows that there is deeper, more sentimental side to Mercutio.In this scene, Mercutio always appears in control. Romeo cannot utter a word without Mercutio mocking him. As Romeo tries to tell of his dream, no doubt a romantic dream, Mercutio replies bluntly, "That dreamers often lie". Romeo is, of course, too caught up in his obsession with Rosaline to put up much of a fight. Mercutio is thereby a more dominant presence in the scene and overshadows Romeo. His 'Queen Mab' speech also contributes to his attraction of the audience's attention.~At the beginning of the second act, Mercutio, mocks Romeo's past love of Rosaline, again. He attempts to "conjure" him "by Rosaline's bright eyes" and other parts of her which Romeo seems to have been passionate about. Mercutio is, once more, the central character of the scene and Romeo is made to look over-sentimental and quite unheroic.Indeed, in the 'Balcony Scene', Romeo shows his romantic...

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