's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet
. He is of the house of Montague
, a lifelong friend
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.