Act 1, scene 4
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Analysis & Themes
Romeo, Benvolio, and their friend Mercutio (a kinsmen of Prince Escalus), walk toward the Capulet's ball. Romeo, still melancholy, says he won't dance at the party. Mercutio makes fun of Romeo, twisting all his comments about love into sexual metaphors.
Mercutio launches into a speech about dreams and Queen Mab, the Queen of Fairies. The speech begins as a kind of fairy-tale, with Queen Mab bringing dreams in her carriage made from a walnut. But the dreams become more and more nightmarish, revealing men's greed, violence, and sexual desire. Mercutio works himself into a fervor. Romeo breaks in and calms him down.
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