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In romeo and juliet, in act 2, why does mercutio use puns

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Mercutio uses puns when speaking to Romeo a lot. But in act 2 because a lot of those "puns" are very sexual in nature, lots of innuendo & he is not so much speaking to Romeo but of him. Rather he is speaking of Romeo to benvolio, and is referencing Romeos absence after the capulet ball.

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but thats still not explaining why, lol
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It certainly does. Almost ALL Mercutio says at the end of act 1 & beginning of act 2 are metaphor's for sex in some way. From telling Romeo if "love burdens him, then he should burden love". Burden, referring to "being atop the one he loves. Or in act 2 when Mercutio states he " an open ex-cetera, being filled by a poplin pear". He is obviously NOT speaking of fruit.
So the reason he uses puns is due to some of the sexual nature or intended meanings therein to what he is speaking of.
Some of my spelling may be off, sorry!
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Comedy has changed quite a bit since the time of Shakespeare. Puns were not seen as low humor then, quite the opposite. Shakespeare's plays are actually fairly riddled with puns and sometimes left out for modern audiences.

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