it's because he was dying!! think about his character... he was always joking, right? so when he is faced with his own mortality he is going to make a joke of it. "find me a grave man" he is using a play on words. it's figurative and literal.
This is one of the Bard's more interesting plays on words. The "grave" in this case does not mean "serious" - it means "in the grave!" Remember, he says this after he gets stabbed by Tybalt.
He has been seriously wounded and knows that he will die before the night ends. It's a play on words.
Look for me tomorrow and i'll she be in a grave "A grave man") he always craked sarcastic remarks and he said this while dying.
I took that as I see it stated as meaning: For instance [inquire] as in <SEEK OUT / TO ASK... as in.. or as if to say: WHY PUT OFF til tomorrow.,. what you can take care of,do,ask or say til some later date~!! ... or [GO AHEAD & SAY WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY NOW]~! ;-D "R"r,r`r,r'r`.,.
If you're used to reading Shakespeare then you know he absolutely loved to make puns, he loved them! That's one reason Shakespeare is so hilarious. He had his audience in stitches half the time, I mean just shouting with laughter, or so scholars believe. So this is word-play on "grave," which could mean being serious and solemn instead of Mercutio's usual light-hearted self, or could mean being actually dead-- a "grave-man," a dead man.
foreshadowing. he is using it two ways.
he is alluding to the fact that tomorrow he will be dead and in the grave.
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