List of Characters
Friends and Relatives of the Montague Family:
Romeo—Son of Montague who falls in love with Juliet
Montague—Head of the family who is at war with the Capulets and father to Romeo
Lady Montague—Wife to Lord Montague and mother to Romeo
Mercutio—A kinsman to the prince and a friend to Romeo
Benvolio—A gentle and peace-loving young man who is nephew to Montague and a friend to Romeo
Balthasar—A loyal friend and servant to Romeo
Abram—A servant of the Montague family
Friends and Relatives of the Capulet Family:
Juliet—Daughter of Capulet who falls in love with Romeo
Tybalt—A fiery tempered young man who is the nephew of Lady Capulet and cousin to Juliet
Capulet—Head of the family who is at war with the Montagues and father to Juliet
Lady Capulet—Wife to Lord Capulet and mother to Juliet
Nurse—A witty nurse and friend to Juliet
Sampson—A servant of the Capulet family
Gregory—A servant of the Capulet family
Peter—A servant to Juliet’s nurse
Chorus—Introduces the play, and sets scene in Acts I and II
Paris—Kinsman to the prince and a young nobleman who asks for Juliet’s hand in marriage
Escalus—The prince of Verona
Friar Laurence—A Franciscan friar who marries the lovers in hopes of making peace with the two warring families
Friar John—A Franciscan friar who was entrusted with an important letter to Romeo
Apothecary—A poor druggist in Mantua who sells poison to Romeo
Page—A servant to Paris
Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Romeo (ROH-mee-oh), the only son of old Montague, a nobleman of Verona. A romantic youth, inclined to be in love with love, he gives up his idealized passion for Rosaline when Juliet rouses in him a lasting devotion. His star-crossed young life ends in suicide.
Juliet (JEW-lee-eht), the only daughter of old Capulet. Little more than a child at the beginning of the play, she is quickly matured by love and grief into a young woman of profound grace and tragic dignity. Unable to find sympathy in her family and unable to trust her nurse, she risks death to avoid a forced marriage, which would be bigamous. Awakening in the tomb to find Romeo’s body, she too commits suicide.
Montague (MON-teh-gyew), Romeo’s father, head of the house of Montague. An enemy of the Capulets, he is a good and reasonable man and father. In the family feud, he seems more provoked than provoking. After the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, he becomes reconciled with the Capulets.
Lady Montague, Romeo’s gentle mother. Tenderhearted and peace-loving, she breaks down under the fury of the clashing houses and the banishment of her son and dies of grief.
Capulet (KAP-yew-leht), Juliet’s fiery father. Essentially good-hearted but furiously unreasonable when thwarted in the slightest thing, he destroys the happiness and the life of his dearly loved daughter. He joins his former enemy in grief and friendship after her death.
Lady Capulet, Juliet’s mother. Dominated by her husband, she fails to offer Juliet the understanding and affection the...
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