Romeo and Juliet | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Raymond V. Utterback

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Romeo and Juliet.
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Critical Essay by Raymond V. Utterback

SOURCE: Utterback, Raymond V. “The Death of Mercutio.” Shakespeare Quarterly 24, no. 2 (spring 1973): 105-16.

In the following essay, Utterback analyzes the pattern of events leading to Mercutio's death in Romeo and Juliet, maintaining that Shakespeare subsequently repeats this pattern in the main plot of the drama.

Mercutio is a notorious scene-stealer. His brilliant lines and the intensity, humor, and vigor of his personality give him numerous opportunities to upstage the romantic hero of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, with the result that he can often create a stronger dramatic impression whenever he and Romeo appear together.1 Furthermore, Romeo never quite gains Mercutio's approval. The melancholy lover is the butt of the jests of the mocker of love, while Romeo's forbearance toward an insulting foe is an outrage to the quick-witted and...

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