. in what ways is Mercutio's character a foil to romeo? What other characters do you see as foils for one another in ACT 1
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A character that reflects (like shiny foil) the attributes of another character is a foil character. One character brings out the traits of another specific character. Mercutio is outlaish and fiercely protective of Romeo. Mercutio preaches loyalty and comradery above all traits. Romeo is more insular, fretting about love or lost love. It isn't until Mercutio is killed that we see his (Mercutio's) traits surface within Romeo. Romeo temporarily changes from a heartsick adolescent into a loyal friend seeking revenge.