9th Literature – Romeo and Juliet Characters

Romeo The son and heir of Montague and Lady Montague, A Montague, sneaks into the Capulet party to see Rosaline but instead falls in love with Juliet, listens and speaks to Juliet at her Balcony, Juliet’s lover and husband, kills himself with poison when he see’s Juliet in the tomb, was banished from Verona for killing Tybalt
Juliet The daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet and Romeo’s lover, main character, was supposed to marry Paris in an arranged marriage, falls in love with romeo and marries him, fakes her death by drinking a potion and then kills herself with a dagger, when she sees Romeo has come back and he is dead
Mercutio Romeo’s friend, killed by Tybalt in a fight, Cynical and good looking, sophisticated. He makes fun of love and romance, and tempers Romeo’s seriousness (foil character), uses a lot of crude humor about women, COMIC RELIEF
Friar Laurence He secretly marries the impassioned lovers in hopes that the union might eventually bring peace to Verona, Priest in Verona, gives Juliet the potion to make her appear dead, Is supposed to send a letter to Romeo when he is banished but he never does, the death of Romeo and Juliet can be placed on his shoulders, begs Juliet to come with him and become a nun
Lady Montague Romeo’s mother, Montague’s wife. She dies of grief after Romeo is exiled from Verona
Montague Romeo’s father, the patriarch of the Montague clan and bitter enemy of Capulet, At the beginning of the play, he is chiefly concerned about Romeo’s melancholy about Rosaline, ends up making peace with Capulet in the end of the play after Romeo and Juliet have died
Lady Capulet Juliet’s mother, Capulet’s wife. A woman who herself married young (by her own estimation she gave birth to Juliet at close to the age of fourteen), she is eager to see her daughter marry Paris. She is an ineffectual mother, relying on the Nurse for moral and pragmatic support, doesn’t support Juliet when her father is forcing her to marry Paris, “speak not to me.”
Capulet The patriarch of the Capulet family, father of Juliet, husband of Lady Capulet, and enemy of Montague, truly loves his daughter, not well acquainted with Juliet’s thoughts or feelings, seems to think that what is best for her is to set her up with Paris, Often prudent, commands respect and propriety, liable to fly into a rage when either is lacking, becomes violent with Juliet when she says she doesn’t want to marry Paris, makes peace with Montague in the end of the play after Romeo and Juliet die
Prince banishes Romeo from Verona, says last line in the play, says that there can be no more fighting between Montague and Capulet or else, , “if you ever disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace”, , “Go hence and have more talk of these sad things, ” never was there a tale of more woe, than that of Juliet and her Romeo.”
Tybalt A Capulet, Juliet’s cousin on her mother’s side. Vain, fashionable, supremely aware of courtesy and the lack of it, he becomes aggressive, violent, and quick to draw his sword when he feels his pride has been injured. Once drawn, his sword is something to be feared. He loathes Montagues.
Nurse Juliet’s faithful confidante and loyal intermediary in Juliet’s affair with Romeo, has been like a mother to Juliet since she was a small child, betrays Juliet when she is forced to marry Paris and looks to the nurse for comfort and help
Paris Is supposed to marry Juliet in an arranged marriage, is a nice man, wealthy.
Balthazar Romeo’s servant, is the one to report to Romeo that Juliet is dead back in Verona, Romeo’s trusted servant
Benvolio Montague’s nephew, Romeo’s cousin and thoughtful friend, he makes a genuine effort to defuse violent scenes in public places, though Mercutio accuses him of having a nasty temper in private. He spends most of the play trying to help Romeo get his mind off Rosaline, even after Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet.
Friar John A Franciscan Friar charged by Friar Lawrence with taking the news of Juliet’s false death to Romeo in Mantua. Friar John is held up in a quarantined house, and the message never reaches Romeo.
Sampson and Gregory Two servants of the house of Capulet, who, like their master, hate the Montagues. At the outset of the play, they successfully provoke some Montague men into a fight
Abram Montague’s servant, who fights with Sampson and Gregory in the first scene of the play.
Peter A Capulet servant who invites guests to Capulet’s feast and escorts the Nurse to meet with Romeo. He is illiterate, and a bad singer.
Roseline The woman with whom Romeo is infatuated at the beginning of the play. Rosaline never appears onstage, but it is said by other characters that she is very beautiful and has sworn to live a life of chastity.

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