I need a description of all the characters in "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare

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This is a play about two enemy households, the Capulets and the Montagues. Because not every character is a direct relative of one house or the other, it always helps me to see a list of which characters "side with" which houses.

The Capulets:

  • Juliet: a young, inexperienced, and mostly innocentent daughter who falls in love with Romeo with a kiss.
  • Lord and Lady Capulet: Juliet's parents who do not know their daughter very well.
  • Nurse: Juliet's caregiver and confidant; also, comic-relief in this tragedy.
  • Tybalt: Juliet's cousin; hot-headed and an excellent swordsman.
  • Paris: the young man to whom Juliet is promised in marriage.
  • Sampson and Gregory: servants

The Montagues

  • Romeo: the young, emotional, and somewhat irrational son who falls in love with Juliet immediately after getting over another girl.
  • Lord and Lady Montague: Romeo's parents who do not know their son very well.
  • Benvolio: Romeo's best friend; level-headed and very loyal.
  • Mercutio: another of Romeo's friends; humorous and flamboyant (a show-off).
  • Friar Laurence: a religious man who is a confidant and counselor to Romeo; he marries the two kids in the hopes that the union will bring peace between the families.
  • Abram and Balthasar: servants


  • Prince Escalus: the prince of Verona who also acts as law enforcement
  • Chorus: scene setters (used in most of Shakespeare's plays)