In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, what do you think of Mercutio as a friend?

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Mercutio is a normal teenager who likes to hang out with his friends, practice the art of witty verbal exchanges, and he is loyal. Mercutio disrespects authority like many teens would and he does it in front of his friends for respect and for fun. For example, he finds it fun to crash the Capulets' party with Montegues, insult a Juliet's nurse in public, and stand up to bullies like Tybalt. As a friend to Romeo, he tries to bring logical reasoning to his friend's foolish heart, but he also intervenes in the fight against Tybalt when Romeo won't fight for himself. Sadly, this costs Mercutio his own life, to which he protests in the end by saying, "A plague o' both your houses!" because if it weren't for the feud he wouldn't have died young (III.i.103). Ultimately, Mercutio gives his life for his friend and that makes him an even better friend.