Why did Shakespeare create the character of Mercutio and then kill him? What Mercutio's role in the play?

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Mercutio provides most of the comic relief in the play. This allows the audience to laugh in between the more serious parts of the play. I think Shakespeare felt his audience needed this relief in order to get through the tragedy of the death of Romeo and Juliet at the end. When Mercutio is killed by Tybalt, this begins the unraveling of the plan the Friar has put together for the couple. The audience then knows that tragedy is to follow when the fun-filled, humorous...

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