Here, Mercutio is describing a tiny scene. One of the major themes of the speech is the veracity of dreams. In juxtaposing lawyers and lovers, soldiers and the fairy entourage, his eloquent speech touches on a number of the play's opposing themes such as love and hate, fantasy and reality and idealism. Joy, my fabulous director of the year- you are so much fun, and so dedicated. This is that very Mab That plats the manes of horses in the night And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs, Which once untangled much misfortune bodes. I had full confidence in myself throughout the national competition because of my family and friends. In juxtaposing lawyers and lovers, soldiers and the fairy entourage, his eloquent speech touches on a number of the play's opposing themes such as love and hate, fantasy and reality, idealism and cynicism.
This scene is Mercutio, Benvolio and Romeo on their way to the Montague ball, and Mercutio says his speech in an attempt to try and tease Romeo out of his melancholy humor, as Romeo is feeling sad due to his … unrequited love from Rosalind. Thy head is as fun of quarrels as an egg is full of meat, and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for quarrelling: thou hast quarrelled with a man for coughing in the street, because he hath wakened thy dog that hath lain asleep in the sun: didst thou not fall out with a tailor for wearing his new doublet before Easter? That's the point where Romeo interrupts. A pun represents slippage, or twist, in the meaning of a word. Instead of a date with a pretty girl on a starlit night, he intuits that he goes to a date with destiny. To my close friends who stand behind me through thick and thin, words cannot express how blessed I am to have you all in my life, thank you for being here.
We all have the power to make a difference. Instead, painting vivid pictures of the dreamscape people inhabit as they sleep, Mercutio suggests that the fairy Queen Mab brings dreams to humans as a result of men's worldly desires and anxieties. . The audience, of course, knows that he will suffer an untimely death. Indeed, his dream speech contains all the elements that will conspire to bring down Romeo and Juliet's starry-eyed dream of love to the depths of the tomb. And in this state she gallops night by night Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love; O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on court'sies straight, O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees, O'er ladies ' lips, who straight on kisses dream, Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues, Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are: Sometime she gallops o'er a courtier's nose, And then dreams he of smelling out a suit; And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig's tail Tickling a parson's nose as a' lies asleep, Then dreams, he of another benefice: Sometime she driveth o'er a soldier's neck, And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats, Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades, Of healths five-fathom deep; and then anon Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes, And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two And sleeps again.
This moment is critical in the play because it serves as foreshadowing, or a warning about what is to come. Benvolio is agreeable and good-natured throughout the play. He later claims that dreams 'are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fantasy' lines 103-104. The Volunteer Center in Greensboro, Hands on Network, and Points of Light Foundation; thank you Leigh and Hollie Rose, you both instilled in me the importance of the purpose of these organizations and why I love the volunteer world! Really it does not need to happen because Mercutio does not get out of hand. Everything he complains about regarding his friend Benvolio's character does not apply to the young man.
She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes In shape no bigger than an agate stone On the forefinger of an alderman, Drawn with a team of little atomies Over men's noses as they lie asleep; Her wagon spokes made of long spinners' legs, The cover, of the wings of grasshoppers; Her traces, of the smallest spider web; Her collars, of the moonshine's wat'ry beams; Her whip, of cricket's bone; the lash, of film; Her wagoner, a small grey-coated gnat, Not half so big as a round little worm Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid; Her chariot is an empty hazelnut, Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub, Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers. Shakespeare's Puns A pun is a play upon words that makes us laugh because the word or phrase used references another word of identical pronunciation but with a much different meaning. Mercutio: And so did I. He suggests that the fairy Queen Mab brings dreams to humans as a result of men's worldly desires and anxieties. They exchange pleasantries and Juliet, equally smitten with the handsome Romeo, grants him a kiss. In 1813, Shelley wrote a poem in nine cantos called Queen Mab. Of myself I must say this: I never was any greedy, scraping grasper, nor a strait fast-holding Prince, nor yet a waster.
The heavy tone of this premonition is far more serious than the shallow melancholy Romeo has so far expressed. His words are filled with puns, and his sharp tongue often stings, especially sweet Romeo. You are the best, I love you! The repetition of 'O'er' when describing Queen Mab's actions are used to emphasize this point. For had I not received a knowledge from you, I might have fallen into the lapse of an error, only for lack of true information. Mercutio begins: O then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you. Of course the Montague lads, excluding Romeo that is, love this and as a viewer, a line from the text that I did not find especially humorous actually became sort of funny! Or give yourself a little treat, and watch this version from Franco Zeffirelli's. Every person, every child, every smile, every hug, every picture, will always remind of this wonderful year.
This scene is also wrought with auditory queues, a useful element of film. In Queen Mab, then, Mercutio creates a sort of conceptual pun: he alludes to a mythological tradition peopled with fairies and attaches it to a reference to prostitutes. My life is so much better with each of you in it. Benvolio calls on the drum to strike, and they all march around the stage once to indicate that they have entered Capulet's house. Mercutio's Queen Mab speech parallels the atmosphere of oppression in the play and Mab herself can be viewed as representing the vindictive establishment of Verona that impedes the young lovers. This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs, That presses them and learns them first to bear, Making them women of good carriage. Sometimes she driveth o'er a soldier's neck, And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats, Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades, Of healths five fathom deep; and then anon Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes, And being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two And sleeps again.
He yokes the childish fun of fairies to a much darker vision of humanity. I am so proud of you and all you have done to raise money and awareness to save children's lives, making it so that Cora's memory will live in our hearts forever. Dad-maybe one day we will tell you how much these dresses cost! He's about to go off on some other rant, probably an offensive one, and Romeo has had enough. Neither do I desire to live longer days than I may see your prosperity and that is my only desire. The speech itself reveals this dichotomy.
This speech shows Mercutio's cynical and maveric nature. This scene also serves as introduction to the clever, whirling, entrancing Mercutio. When I won last year, I promised myself I would be the best Miss North Carolina I could be, and I have done just that. Thank you all for your hard work to change the lives in America. It relates to the rest of the play by showing that love is not always a positive thing; love results in Romeo and Juliet committing suicide.
According to him, the mischievous little fairy queen visits dreamers at night and rides her chariot, 'an empty hazelnut,' right 'over men's noses as they lie asleep' line 60. And with this splendour she gallops night after night Through the brains of lovers, and then they dream of love; Over the knees of courtiers, that dream on bowing to gain favour at Court, Over the fingers of lawyers, who immediately dream of fees, Over the lips of ladies, who immediately dream of kisses, Who the angry Mab often plagues with blisters, Because they have eaten candied fruit to sweeten their breath: Sometimes she gallops over the nose of a courtier, And then he dreams of some promotion within the Court; And sometimes she comes with the tail of a pig intended to pay the Church, Tickling a minister's nose as he lies asleep, And then he dreams of another way to increase his income: Sometimes she drives over the neck of a soldier, And then he dreams of cutting foreign throats, Of breaches, ambushes, the finest swords thought to be Spanish , Of toasting friends with overflowing cups; and then right away He hears drums in his ear for battle , which startles and wakes him, And, being frightened, he says a hollow prayer or two And sleeps again. For example, when Queen Mab visits lovers, they dream of love, lawyers dream of money, and courtiers dream of curtsies. Her driver is even a small gray-coated gnat. For the Special Olympics a team of five, myself included pulled a 40,000 lbs. This speech shows much about the firey spirit of Mercutio, but it also suggests a more brutal and realistic view of life, contrasting with the ideals of love. Mercutio is down-to-earth, whereas Romeo continues to indulge in idealistic, lovelorn daydreaming.