Who are the three major families in "Romeo and Juliet"?What are the three major families in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"?

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Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is almost considered a necessity in high school English classes.  The play tells the tragic story of two young "star cross'd lovers" whose deaths, in the end, unite their feuding families. The play centers the action on the three ruling families, or houses: the Capulets, the Montagues, and the ruling House of Verona (in which the setting of the city takes place.)

The Capulet household consists of Capulet, the patriarch; Lady Capulet, the matriarch; Juliet, the Capulets' daughter and one of the two title characters; Tybalt, cousin to Juliet; and other servants and attendants.

The Montague Household consists of Montague, the patriarch; Lady Montague, the matriarch; Romeo, the Montagues' son and one of the two title characters; Benvolio, cousin to Romeo, and other servants and attendants.

The ruling House of Verona is represented by Prince Escalus, ruling Prince of Verona; Count Paris, relative of Escalus; and Mercutio, also a relative of Esaclus.

The Montague family and the Capulet family are at odds with one another as Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet try to find love and romance within a feuding family history. The play ends with tragic results, though the warring families due end up uniting.   

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