In Romeo and Juliet who are the dynamic characters? I need four characters and why they are dynamic.

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A dynamic character is one who goes through a change throughout the course of the story.  The first character who could be considered dynamic is the Nurse.  In the beginning of the play, Nurse seems to be totally on Juliet's side, and, although she does sometimes act as Juliet's mother, she also acts as her friend.  Once Tybalt is killed, the Nurse begins to change the way that she acts around and responds to Juliet.  She then tells her that she should forget Romeo and that Paris might be the better man for her.  A second dynamic character is Lord Capulet.  Capulet is a very strict man who, in Act 3, seems to treat his daughter with no compassion or feelings when he tells her that she either will marry Paris or suffer the consequences.  Once he thinks she is dead and when she actually dies, he shows a completely different side, showing complete care and compassion for his deceased daughter.  By the same token, Lord Montague can be considered dynamic in that he HATES the Capulets but by the end of the play, he and Lord Capulet reconcile their differences and erect a statue of Romeo and Juliet in their honor.  A final dynamic character could be Romeo; even though he does not change in many ways, he does go through a change in his character.  The beginning of the play introduced a sad, half-hearted Romeo but once he meets Juliet, he becomes happy and wants to live a wonderful life with her.  Although he does die in the end, he dies knowing that he can not be with her because he has died, not because he is banished from her.    

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