Mercutio and the Nurse: Romeo and Juliet - YouTube

Mercutio and the nurse both serve the function of adding comic relief.
Mercutio and the Nurse are Shakespeare's creations in this play. For the character of the former he had but a slight hint in the poem of Arthur Brooke. There we read of Mercutio as a courtier who was bold among the bashful maidens as a lion among lambs, and we are told that he had an 'ice-cold hand.' Putting together these two suggestions, discovering a significance in them, and animating them with the breath of his own life, Shakespeare created the brilliant figure which lights up the first half of , and disappears when the colours become all too grave and sombre.
The section for analysis is from Act 2, Scene 4; the question asks students to explore the way Mercutio and the Nurse speak and behave in these lines.
Mercutio and the nurse are not useless people. The nurse is a confidant to Juliet, and Mercutio is a confidant to Romeo. However, their main dramatic purpose is to make the audience laugh in a play where you are mostly concerned with whether or not Romeo and Juliet will get together and if the characters will see tomorrow. Mercutio and the Nurse: Romeo and JulietMercutio and the Nurse in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Through out the whole of Romeo & Juliet there is a strong comparison between Mercutio & the nurse.Mercutio and the Nurse are Shakespeare's creations in this play. For the character of the former he had but a slight hint in the poem of Arthur Brooke.