In Romeo and Juliet each character has a specific role. Mercutio 's role is the most important. He is the kinsman to the prince and Romeo 's closest friend and confidante, and in this role he can be very inluential to Romeo and can influence the decisions made and the directions the play takes. He uses his humour and wit to lead the other characters to the climax. He is in a difficult position, as the friend of Romeo and the princes kinsman, but all these factors contribute to the memorable character he is.
Mercutio is the driving force behind the play, as he fortells or is the cause of most of the major events.
Before the Capulets party Benvolio advises they enter quietly, dance and leave, but Mercutio, the only person in this scene
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Mercutio is the bearer of all the humour in the play; the only time any other character shows any wit is when they are in the company of Mercutio. This is shown in Act two, scene four, when Romeo and Mercutio have a battle of wits, when the scene before Romeo was almost begging the Friar to marry Romeo to Juliet. Because every one of Mercutio 's lines is full of multiple puns and jokes his lines previous to his death are noticed and remembered by the audience for the fact that he