Romeo and Juliet Characters

Lord Capulet The patriarch of the Capulet family, father of Juliet, husband of Lady Capulet, and enemy, for unexplained reasons, of Montague. He truly loves his daughter, though he is not well acquainted with Juliet’s thoughts or feelings, and seems to think that what is best for her is a “good” match with Paris. Often prudent, he commands respect and propriety, but he is liable to fly into a rage when either is lacking.
Lady Capulet The young wife of Capulet, who has an ugly temper. She is humbled by the death of her daughter Juliet.
Juliet The heroine and one of the protagonists of the play. She is the thirteen-year-old daughter of Capulet. She is a happy, romantic, and an innocent girl who falls in love with Romeo.
Romeo The hero and one of the protagonists of Romeo and Juliet. The son of Old Montague, he is at first in love with Lord Capulet’s niece, Rosaline. When he goes to a feast given by Capulet, he attends the feast in a mask, meets Capulet’s daughter Juliet, falls in love with her, and becomes passionate and impulsive.
Lord 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.
Lady Montague The wife of Montague who hates the violence that plagues Verona. When she learns of the suicide of her son Romeo, she grieves herself to death and becomes another victim of the old family conflict.
Benvolio A nephew of Montague and a friend of Romeo.
Mercutio A relative of the Prince, who relies on satire and serves as comic relief to the melancholy mood of Romeo. He is responsible for making the young lovers aware of the practical aspects of love.
Tybalt Lady Capulet’s nephew, who is quick to anger. He constantly provokes Romeo to fight. In the end, Romeo kills him.
Friar Laurence The person who is responsible for helping Romeo and Juliet. He is a good man with good intentions.
Rosaline The young lady who Romeo “loves” in the beginning of the play. Doesn’t love Romeo because she wants to become a nun.
Escalus The Prince of Verona. He is tired of the fighting in his city and threatens anyone who disturbs the peace with death.
The Apothecary An apothecary in Mantua. Had he been wealthier, he might have been able to afford to value his morals more than money, and refused to sell poison to Romeo.
Sampson or 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.
Nurse A friend, guide, confidante, and educator of Juliet. She has raised Juliet and is truly fond of her. She is a realist, who is fond of talking and joking. She often provides comic relief to the play.
Paris A young nobleman and kinsman of the Prince. He is handsome and courteous and favorable to the Capulets. They arrange for Juliet to marry him since they do not realize she is married to Romeo.
Peter Servant to Juliet’s nurse. He helps keep the family quarrel alive.
Balthasar Servant to Romeo.
Friar John A Friar in the same church as Friar Lawrence. He is sent to deliver a message to Romeo in Mantua about Friar Lawrence’s plan for the lovers.

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