Mercutio

People should know when to be serious and when not to be.

Act 1 Scene 4

Mercutio is talking to Romeo, "You are a lover. Borrow cupid's wings and soar with them above a common bound"(Pg: 1009). Mercutio is making fun of Romeo but trying to make him feel better. This relates to the theme because Romeo understands what he is saying.

Act 2 Scene 1

Mercutio is talking to Romeo "Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh; speak but one rhyme, and I am satisfied" (Pg:1021 Lines 10-11). Mercutio is making jokes about Romeo's lovesickness, this relates to the theme because again Mercutio is joking with Romeo.

Act 2 Scene 4

Mercutio is talking to Benvolio "The pox of such antic, lisping, affecting fantas ticoes..."(Pg:1032 Lines 29-30). Mercutio is making fun of people who, like Tybalt, try to impress everyone with their knowledge of the latest fashions in dueling. This relates to the theme because he is still joking.

Act 2 Scene 4

Mercutio and Romeo are having a battle of wits "Pardin, good Mercutio. My business was great, and in such a case as mine a man may strain courtesy" (Pg:1033 Lines 52-53). In these lines Romeo and Mercutio keep trying to top each other with funnier comments and clever puns. This relates to the theme because its showing that everyone jokes around but some people know when to and when not to joke around.