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What makes Mercutio such a memorable character? Mercutio is considered to be one of...

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not24 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 19, 2007 at 10:59 AM via web

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What makes Mercutio such a memorable character?

Mercutio is considered to be one of Shakespeare's great creations, yet he is killed relatively early in the play.

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 20, 2007 at 12:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Many people say that mercutio was killed early in the play because Shakespeare realized that Mercutio would soon outshine Romeo in his wit and courage, and therefore would take attention away from Shakespeare's leading man. Mercutio is a great character for his humor, strenght, and devotion to Romeo. He is also perhaps the most eloquent speaker of all of the characters in the play.

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luvthekingofsc | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 25, 2007 at 12:21 PM (Answer #2)

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Mercutio is funny, daring, and just awesome. He's a fighter and thinks of love as womanish. It was possible that he was killed off to show how much of a fighter he was, but it is also possible that Shakespeare was worried that he would be the star of the play. 'Sides, since when has a Shakespeareian Tragedy kept any of the characters you want alive? ^-^

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