William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay

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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet "The Most Interesting Characters in the play are not Romeo and Juliet"

I believe that the above statement is true and I agree with it entirely. If it wasn't for the other characters the play would go something like this: "Romeo met Juliet, they fell in love, and lived happily ever after." How boring! You need other characters to complicate matters a bit.

For this essay, I shall write about two other characters in the play that have a great influence on the chain of events in it: Mercutio and Friar Lawrence.

Mercutio ========

Mercutio is one of the most unique characters in
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He says "'tis no wit to go" (I,iv,49). This annoys Mercutio, who doesn't recognise Romeo's reluctance as a genuine foreboding, but as just another one of his lovesick whims. Romeo tries to explain to Mercutio that it is based on a very disturbing dream, but Mercutio passes this off as silly, saying that "Dreamers often lie". Here, I think, he isn't saying that Romeo is a liar, but that people shouldn't put faith in dreams. However, Romeo is insistent; Dreamers lie "in bed asleep, they do dream things true" (I,iv,52)

Mercutio's Queen Mab speech alters the entire pace of the scene. Up until then, the conversation has been typical of a group of young men walking through the streets --short phrases and sentences in a generally relaxed mood. With Mercutio's words "Oh, then I see Queen Mab hath been with you!" he plunges into a forty-two line speech composed of long sentences, giving him very little time to breathe between phrases. The gist of the speech concerns Queen Mab, whom Celtic mythology considered to be the midwife of the fairies, and who is also held responsible for our dreams.

The Queen Mab speech is very fanciful, describing, as if to a child, this tiny little creature who flies through the air in a small carriage driven by a gnat. On the surface, it seems charming enough, but

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