Romeo&Juliet: Quote analysis ??Watch this thread
The quote also reminds us of the pressure in the play to be a strong male. Mercutio and Tybalt both flaunt their masculinity, with threats and crude sexual humour. Look also at the opening scene where the servants want to prove their manhood by making crude jokes and starting a fight. Romeo plays no part in this toxic masculinity until Mercutio is killed. Then he blames Juliet for making him 'effeminate' and for a brief moment acts just like the 'real men'. This is an impulsive act, which Shakespeare uses to bring about Romeo's downfall. It's no coincidence that the only one of the four men present at the fight to survive to the end of the play is Benvolio, who dislikes violence but is much less impulsive.