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Romeo and Mercutio: Foil Characters What is a foil character
John Gielgud (Romeo and Mercutio), Laurence Olivier (Mercutio and Romeo), Peggy Ashcroft (Juliet), Glen Byam Shaw (Benvolio), Harry Andrews (Tybalt), George Devine (Peter), Edith Evans (Nurse), Alec Guinness (Apothecary), George Howe (Friar Lawrence).
How are Romeo and Mercutio foils
Renowned for its alternating of Olivier and Gielgud in the roles of Romeo and Mercutio, the production [...] enjoyed an unusually long run for a Shakespeare play and then transferred to the provinces. It was taken for granted that Motley again would design both costumes and sets, aiming at the visual unity in production that had become their trademark.
Mercutio is the very antithesis to Romeo. "The brooding nature of Romeo," says Dowden, "which cherishes emotion, and lives in it, is made salient by contrast with Mercutio, who is all wit, and intellect, and vivacity, an uncontrollable play of gleaming and glancing life. Upon the morning after the betrothal with Juliet, a meeting happens between Romeo and Mercutio. Previously, while a lover of Rosaline, Romeo had cultivated a lover-like melancholy. But now, partly because his blood runs gladly, partly because the union of soul with Juliet has made the whole world more real and substantial, and things have grown too solid and lasting to be disturbed by a laugh, Romeo can contend in jest with Mercutio himself, and stretch his wit of cheveril 'from an inch narrow to an ell broad.'Right before the moment in which Tybalt runs at Romeo and Mercutio with his knife drawn, in the last lines of song, Mercutio runs his hand intimately through Tybalt’s hair, which utterly infuriates him. . How does Shakespeare treatdeath in ? Frame your answer interms of legal, moral, familial, and personal issues. Bearing theseissues in mind, compare the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo andMercutio, and Mercutio and Tybalt.