Mercutio

People should not take the negatives out of situations

Act 1, Scene 4

Mercutio confronted Romeo because he was talking about his dream and said, "' True, I talk of dreams; which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy...'" (Shakespeare 1011 lines 103-105). Romeo was upset about Rosaline and started to describe how he had a dream. Instead of Mercutio helping his friend, he made fun of him and said that dreams were for children. Mercutio made fun of his friend instead of comforting him.

Act 2, Scene 4

Mercutio was making fun of the Nurse for the way she dressed and he said to her. "' ...And an old hare hoar, Is very good meat in Lent '" (Shakespeare 1035 lines 140-141). The Nurse walked by Mercutio and his friends, and they could not resist making fun of her appearance. He also called her a hoar, which is an older person. Mercutio always has some kind of judgement on people he sees.

Act 3, Scene 1

Tybalt said something to Mercutio that made him angry, so he asked him to battle, saying, "' O calm, dishonorable , vile submission! Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk '" (Shakespeare 1046 lines 75-58). Mercutio was angered by something that Tybalt had said to him. So he asked Tybalt to battle him. He accepted, and pierced Mercutio's chest with his sword. Tybalt ran away and Mercutio died a couple minutes later.

Act 1, Scene 5

Romeo saw Juliet for the first time at the ball and said he, "' ... ne'er saw true beauty till this night '" (Shakespeare 1014 lines 50-51). Romeo was complaining about how he was upset over Rosaline and didn't want to go to the ball. He didn't know that he would meet Juliet and forget about Rosaline if he went though. Romeo was focusing on Rosaline instead of trying to find another girl.