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Which of the following is the LEAST plausible reason why Mercutio is removed from the play halfway through?


His humorous nature would not fit in with the heightened sadness and grief of the rest of the play.


Romeo needed to be the hero and Mercutio would (unwittingly) threaten to steal the show.


The tragic nature of the play is intensified when Mercutio, as Romeo’s best friend, dies.


If Mercutio were still alive at the end, Romeo would not have killed himself to be with Juliet.


His death propelled Romeo to kill Tybalt, an event that was vital for the plot to move forward.

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