The humor with which Mercutio describes his fatal wound confirms his appeal as a comic character: "No 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door, but 'tis enough, 'twill serve" III.
When Romeo is desperate in love with Rosaline, Mercutio tells Romeo to get over it: If love be rough with you, be rough with love; Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down 1.
He is then banished rather than executed because the killing was provoked. When comparing the two characters, we can see their similarities and differences. If Romeo is the main character with his appearance covering almost every scene of the play, Mercutio should be considered as the turning point of the play.
Here, Benvolio draws on this intimacy to influence Mercutio. On the contrary, Mercutio is more conscious about the possible risk of this love.
Mercutio and Love It's not surprising that, with this attitude toward love and sex, Mercutio comes across as opposed to the whole idea of love between a man and a woman.
Even Tybalt himself is scarcely so gratuitous a brawler as Mercutio, but he lends a dignity to his victim by the contrast of entire destitution of finer accomplishments; he is a mere type of practised aptness for feuds and animosities.
Meanwhile, Romeo is determined to pursue his love. Standing in this postion, Mercutio is neither Montague nor Capulet.
Mercutio is the Prince's kinsman, but more importantly, he is Romeo's friend and confidant.