Nina Rodrigues Mrs. Lubbers ENG 2D Friday, October 22, 2017 Character Analysis: Mercutio The loud and the obnoxious Mercutio from the famous play “The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” by the great, Shakespeare. Mercutio is a very cynical because of the fact that he doesn't really believe in love, but also he’s hostile about women in general. More about that a little bit later. Mercutio can also be very dirty from a lot of things he says during the play. Although, Mercutio can be a very a funny and witty man most of the time. He doesn't really believe in love, but not only that he is very vicious towards women. During the play, he was very rude towards Romeo’s first love, Rosaline. He made a vicious comment towards Rosaline’s body at the beginning of the play, “I conjure thee by Rosaline's bright eyes, by her high forehead, and her scarlet lip, by her fine foot, straight leg, and quivering thigh and the demesnes that there adjacent lie, that in thy likeness thou appear to us.” (I.II.20-24) So in this quote, Mercutio is actually insulting Rosaline’s body parts but in a dirty way. This is a really important trait to understand about Mercutio throughout the play because we get to actually understand who Mercutio really is, and what impact he makes on the play. His actions really do make a change in the way Romeo thinks towards the rest of the play. Next, Mercutio is extremely cynical about love. Mercutio can get a bit rude but honest when he talks about love “If love is rough with you, be rough with love; prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.” (I.IV.27-28) In this quote Mercutio is trying to say if love plays rough with you, you should play rough with love. When he says if you prick love when it pricks you, that you’ll beat love down. Mercutio told this quote to Romeo when Romeo said that love pricks him all the time, so what this quote means and what Mercutio is trying to say is that when love treats you badly, you should treat it badly. Then once it pricks you, prick it back and you will win. The importance of this quote is that Mercutio is showing his cynical voice about love, and his opinion about how you shouldn’t mess with love. He’s saying all of this and that’s why he always makes fun of Romeo, and his love because Mercutio thinks it’s dumb. Lastly, Mercutio is funny, outgoing, go lucky guy, like them all. For the duration of the play he was a really funny guy, but again in a dirty way. “O, then I see Queen Mab hath been with you, 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 atomi Athwart men’s noses as they lie asleep.” (I.IV.53-59) This quote was said the night before Romeo’s dream about Rosaline, and Mercutio said this quote to Romeo when Romeo was going on about how much he loves Rosaline and Mercutio was explaining his dream about Queen Mab and how she brings dreams to those sleepy humans. Well, what Mercutio was trying to say was he was tired of all the mopey lovesick Romeo and is trying to get at the fact that Romeo sounds like an idiot and his dreams about Rosaline are dumb. He’s trying to help Romeo and telling him about Queen Mab and how she brings dreams to the sleepy humans, like Romeo. This is a major important quote because this quote really led Romeo to the Capulet’s feast. Once Romeo was at the feast he completely forgot about Rosaline and was suddenly in love with Juliet, so the fact that Mercutio made Romeo go to the party made Romeo fall in love with a completely different woman. And that was obviously a big influence in the play. In Conclusion, Mercutio is a very cynical, dirty, but funny man in many ways. Through this play Mercutio made a giant effect on the play, I mean Mercutio is the one who made the star-crossed lovers meet. Works Cited Study.com, Study.com, study.com/academy/lesson/mercutio-in-romeo-and-juliet-character-analysis-personality-traits.html. “In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio Says, ''If Love Be Rough with You, Be Rough with Love. Prick Love for Pricking, and You Beat Love down.'' How Does the Language in This Quote Develop Mercutio's...” Enotes.com, Enotes.com, www.enotes.com/homework-help/romeo-juliet-mercutio-says-love-rough-you-rough-746381. “Romeo and Juliet.” SparkNotes, SparkNotes, www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/romeojuliet/quotes.html#CHDCHEDJ. Shmoop Editorial Team. “Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet.” Shmoop, Shmoop University, 11 Nov. 2008, www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/mercutio.html. Shmoop Editorial Team. “Romeo and Juliet Foolishness and Folly Quotes Page 1.” Shmoop, Shmoop University, 11 Nov. 2008, www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/foolishness-folly-quotes-1.html. Shmoop Editorial Team. “Romeo and Juliet Mercutio Quotes Page 2.” Shmoop, Shmoop University, 11 Nov. 2008, www.shmoop.com/romeo-and-juliet/mercutio-quotes-2.html.

An African woman and her children were kicked off a United Airlines flight after a fellow passenger complained that she had a “pungent” odour, according to a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the company. The incident involving the passenger, a white male, happened two years ago, when Queen Obioma, a Nigerian citizen, and her two children were boarding a flight from Houston to San Francisco. The family had flown from Lagos, Nigeria, and were on the second leg of a three-flight journey to Ontario, Canada. Obioma saw that the other passenger had sat in her assigned seat in the business-class cabin, according to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in federal court in Houston. The passenger refused to move, so a flight crew member, instead, asked Obioma to sit elsewhere in business class. Later, before takeoff, Obioma went to use the bathroom. On her way back to her seat, the same passenger was standing in the aisle and blocking her from getting to her seat, the lawsuit says. She said “excuse me” three times, but was ignored. After several minutes, Obioma managed to squeeze her way to her seat. But just after she sat down, a crew member told Obioma to go outside the aircraft, where another employee told her that she would be removed from the flight. The lawsuit says the pilot had personally requested that she be removed because the male passenger, who was not identified, had complained that her smell was “pungent,” and he was not comfortable flying with her. “At that point Ms Obioma was lost, confused and disoriented. Her mind went blank and she was utterly befuddled,” according to the complaint. Obioma explained that she was taking her children to school in Canada for the first time, and that they had appointments they could not miss. Despite her situation, crew members refused to let Obioma back onto the aircraft and removed the entire family from the flight. “Ms Obioma watched her minor children marched out of the aircraft like criminals, confused and perplexed... She sobbed uncontrollably for a long time,” the complaint says, adding that the children, who were seated in the economy cabin, were humiliated.United Airlines’s media office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday. In a statement to the Houston Chronicle, a spokesman said the company has not been served with the lawsuit and is unable to comment because of the pending litigation. The lawsuit alleges that United Airlines discriminated against Obioma and her children during the incident on 4 March 4, 2016 at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, because they were black. It also accuses crew members of singling out Obioma, not because she was being disruptive, but because a white man – who refused to sit in his own assigned seat – did not want to share a plane with her. The mother and her children waited for five hours before they could get on another flight and missed their scheduled appointments. Obioma also incurred more expenses, the lawsuit says.The lawsuit is just the latest challenge for United when it comes to customer service issues. In April last year, a viral video showed Chicago airport security officers forcibly dragging a passenger from a flight. The removal of David Dao, who was seen with a bloodied mouth in the video, resulted in the firing of two airport security officers and suspension of two others. Dao reached an undisclosed settlement with United a few weeks after the incident, according to the Associated Press. Last month, one of the fired security officers, James Long, sued United and the city of Chicago, claiming he wasn’t properly trained to deal with the situation and that he had been defamed, CBS reported. Then in July, a passenger had to hold her two-year-old son in her lap for four hours because the airline had sold his seat to a standby passenger. And in March, a passenger’s 10-month-old puppy suffocated to death after a flight attendant forced the owner to place it in an overhead compartment.