Benvolio (Character Analysis)

(Shakespeare for Students)

He is a nephew to Montague and a cousin and friend to Romeo. His name means well-wisher, which reflects to some degree Benvolio's role in the...

(The entire section is 316 words.)

Lord Capulet (Character Analysis)

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A leading citizen of Verona and head of one of the two feuding families. His attitudes seem to display a mixture of qualities rather than...

(The entire section is 477 words.)

Prince Escalus (Character Analysis)

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The ruler of Verona. Fourteenth-century Italy consisted of kingdoms, papal states, and local lordships. Verona under Prince Escalus was in...

(The entire section is 382 words.)

Juliet (Character Analysis)

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Juliet is the daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet and one of the two title characters. When the play begins, we learn from the nurse's remarks...

(The entire section is 775 words.)

Lawrence (Character Analysis)

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Also: Friar Lawrence and in some editions, Laurence

Friar Lawrence is a Franciscan monk. He lives in modest quarters suitable to...

(The entire section is 641 words.)

Mercutio (Character Analysis)

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Mercutio is a kinsman to the prince and friend to Romeo. Mercutio is often interpreted as a comic foil to Romeo. (A foil is a character who...

(The entire section is 423 words.)

Nurse (Character Analysis)

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The nurse is a servant in the Capulet household. The nurse is often interpreted as a comic foil to Juliet. (A foil is a character who through...

(The entire section is 585 words.)

Romeo (Character Analysis)

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Romeo is the son to Lord and Lady Montague and one of the two title characters. Romeo's first love interest is not Juliet but a young woman...

(The entire section is 719 words.)

Tybalt (Character Analysis)

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He is a nephew to Lord Capulet and a cousin to Juliet. He does not speak many lines, but he influences the entire course of the play to a...

(The entire section is 318 words.)

Other Characters (Descriptions)

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He is a servant of the Montagues. Abram appears in the first scene of the play and quarrels with the Capulet servants,...

(The entire section is 2145 words.)