Who are the Montagues in Romeo and Juliet?

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Montague is Romeo's family name. In Romeo and Juliet, the two feuding families are the Capulet and the Montague families. Romeo belongs to the Montague family, while his young love, Juliet, belongs to the Capulet family.

Romeo falls in love with Juliet when he attends Lord Capulet's ball without permission. Deeply infatuated with the beautiful Juliet, Romeo wants to marry her, so he enlists Friar Lawrence's help to arrange matters for him. Meanwhile, Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, challenges Romeo to a duel. Not wanting to hurt Juliet's relative, Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt. However, Mercutio, Romeo's friend, decides to protect Romeo's honor by standing up for his friend. In the fracas, Tybalt kills Mercutio. Enraged, Romeo in turn slays Tybalt. Now Romeo finds himself liable for Tybalt's death, and in frustration and fear, he seeks Friar Lawrence's help.

Meanwhile, Lord Capulet has promised Juliet to Paris not knowing that his daughter is already married to Romeo. Friar Lawrence gives Juliet a potion in order to put her to sleep; the plan is for her to be laid out in the family crypt and to be eventually reunited with Romeo. However, Romeo never receives the message from Friar Lawrence in regards to this plan.

Instead, what Romeo hears is that Juliet is dead; he goes to her tomb and prepares to take his life by drinking poison. Unfortunately for Romeo, Juliet wakes up after he has killed himself. So it is that when Juliet opens her eyes, she sees Romeo's dead body and stabs herself to death with Romeo's dagger. Friar Lawrence does eventually arrive at the Capulet tomb, but he is too late to save the young lovers. In response to the death of their only children, the Capulets and Montagues decide to end their enmity with one another.