So I may have inspired Mr. Morris to make us do this assignment…(sorry!)
The Campaigner personality is a true free spirit. Charming, independent, energetic and compassionate, […] Campaigners will bring an energy that often times thrusts them into the spotlight, held up by their peers as a leader and a guru. [However], particularly when under stress, criticism or conflict, Campaigners can experience emotional bursts that are counter-productive at best.
Mercutio, a relative of Prince Escalus, only appears in four of Romeo and Juliet‘s 24 scenes, but creates a profound and lasting impression on the audience. This is due to his extremely extroverted and imaginative personality, which lends one to believe that his Myers-Briggs personality type is that of an ENFP (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Prospective). Mercutio displays his spontaneity and extensive imagination during his ‘Queen Mab’ speech, when he creates an entire story about “the fairies’ midwife” that “gallops night by night/Through lovers’ brains, and then they dream of love” (1.4.54/70-71). He essentially creates a conversational tangent, in which he rambles about Queen Mab for several minutes, but actually only communicates a simple point: that he thinks dreams are stupid. This suggests that Mercutio isn’t a laconic speaker, a characteristic typical of personality types with “J” instead of “P”. His improvised and wild speech demonstrates that Mercutio does not give much thought to what he is saying, reinforcing his ENFP personality type. He also ‘performs’ the speech in front of a rapt and attentive crowd, suggesting that his extroversion draws others to him. Furthermore, Mercutio’s easily incited temper proves deadly for him, as he calls Tybalt a “king of cats” and intends to take “one of your nine lives […] and dry-beat the rest of the eight” (3.1.76-78). Mercutio, disgusted at Romeo’s refusal to draw against Tybalt, calls Tybalt a cat of great standing, and wants to kill him once with a sword, and then eight more times by beating him. Although Mercutio may be joking, Tybalt still agrees to fight him, and eventually stabs him under Romeo’s arm. Mercutio’s lack of foresight is a characteristic of an ENFP personality type. Also, his derogatory comparison of Tybalt to a cat is typical of someone whose emotions control their actions, and do not think before they speak. Readers of Romeo and Juliet often find Mercutio as a foil character to Romeo: he is extremely energetic, easily angered, and coarse. However, the audience and characters alike can sense his presence in every scene he is a part of. As the poet John Dryden said, “Shakespeare show’d the best of his skill in his Mercutio, and [was] was forc’d to kill him in the third Act, to prevent being killed by him.”