Romeo and Juliet (Film 1996)

in the extract below explain how merctio is presented need a quote to prove it


By my head, here come the Capulets.


By my heel, I care not.

Enter TYBALT and others


Follow me close, for I will speak to them.

Gentlemen, good den: a word with one of you.


And but one word with one of us? couple it with

something; make it a word and a blow.


You shall find me apt enough to that, sir, an you

will give me occasion.


Could you not take some occasion without giving?


Mercutio, thou consort'st with Romeo,--


Consort! what, dost thou make us minstrels? an

thou make minstrels of us, look to hear nothing but

discords: here's my fiddlestick; here's that shall

make you dance. 'Zounds, consort!


We talk here in the public haunt of men:

Either withdraw unto some private place,

And reason coldly of your grievances,

Or else depart; here all eyes gaze on us.


Men's eyes were made to look, and let them gaze;

I will not budge for no man's pleasure, I.

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Mercutio's character is a combination of playful and aggressive. When he says, "I care not" for the fact that the Capulets are coming, he is ignoring the fact that they are one of the most important families in Verona and that he should beware of someone like Tybalt. When Benvolio tries to defuse the quarrel, Mercutio says that "Men's eyes were made to look, and let them gaze;/I budge for no man's pleasure." He really does not respect members of the Capulet family, and he is, after all related to the Prince.

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