From Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. He is of the house of Montague, a lifelong friend of Romeo and a relative of the Prince. He is slain in a duel with Tybalt, prompting Romeo's revenge and really getting the tragedy rolling.

Mercutio is a histrionic, comic character. He lets his wild imagination ramble with his wild speech, and even his death throes are characterized by bitter humor.

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