Mercutio and the Nurse: Romeo and Juliet - YouTube
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.
Mercutio and the nurse are not useless people.Â The nurse is a confidant to Juliet, and Mercutio is a confidant to Romeo.Â 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.