Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Romeo And Mercutio
Last week, for my 'theatre to film' class, i had to review the film 'shakespeare in love'. the following is but a small paragraph from it. Hopefully the lecturer wont think me bad. Oh i dont care, And she is not too bad. cool enough is our lecturer.
Mercutio has an underlying fear of women, a frustration, a violent self-loathing, destructiveness. Romeo tells him to stop: he says "you're talking nonsense; it's just dreams, the children of idle practices." This scene encapsulates the Romeo/Mercutio relationship- what Mercutio is actually doing in this scene is wooing Romeo, only Romeo is unconscious of the fact, leading Mercutio to say that Romeo's 'bosom' is 'frozen' (line 101). Whether or not Mercutio is aware of it, the images he uses are of homosexual sex: he talks of 'open arses' and 'poppering pear's (i.e., because of its shape, the penis and scrotum) and the 'blind bow boy's butt shaft' (2.4.16). He has nothing positive to say about women - he only has to open his mouth about women and something nasty comes out. Romeo's unwitting rejection of Mercutio angers Mercutio and sets him off. When he realises Romeo doesn't understand what he's talking about, he first saves himself by being clever, then turns away, frustrated.