Grade 9 Romeo and Juliet Characters

Juliet Lord and Lady Capulet’s daughter. 14 years old; a gentle girl; obedient to her parents; has a nurse who has looked after her since she was a baby; very romantic
Tybalt Juliet’s cousin, a little older than Romeo. He is an argumentative young man, a troublemaker who loves fighting. He likes violence and plays dirty.
Nurse A woman in her 40’s, practical but rather stupid. She works for the Capulets and has looked after Juliet since shw was a baby, so she has a good position in the family. She loves Juliet like her own child. Juliet is very fond of her.
Lady Capulet Juliet’s mother. She is younger than Lord Capulet (about 30). A capable organizer accustomed to doing her husband’s wishes and running the household. seh loves her daughter but is not as close to Juliet as the nurse.
Capulet Juliet’s father who is about fifty and a wealthy member of the upper classes. He is a stubborn old man, who is used to getting his own way. Therefore he sometimes has a bad temper. He loves his only daughter very much and wants the best for her. He is Tybalt’s uncle.
Romeo Young son of Lord and Lady Montague. Aged 16-17. He is a hot-headed young man and rushes into things without thinking. He is very romantic. His two best friends are Benvolio and Mercutio.
Benvolio Romeo’s cousin and close friend. He is a sensible, trustworthy young man who is very loyal to Romeo.
Lady Montague Romeo’s mother, she loves her son very much.
Paris A handsome young man, pleasant and polite. He is the cousin of the Prince of Verona. He is very fond of Juliet. Lord and Lady Capulet think he is a suitable husband for Juliet.
Montague Romeo’s father; head of the family, he is a strongly built, powerful man, who doesn’t like to be crossed. Although he is not a very quarrelsome man, he wants the best for his son.
Mercutio Romeo’s friend. He is young, lively and a very likeable young man. He is always talking, joking, he is also arrogant and a powerful fighter. He is honorable and very loyal to Romeo.
Friar Lawrence a man about fifty, a wise and holy man. He is a priest and usually gives good advice. He is well liked, kind and gentle, always wants to help people and is anxious to avoid sin. He secretly marries Romeo and Juliet.
Escalus The Prince of Verona, the most important person in the City of Verona. He is a wise and fair man. He is well liked and tries to be a tough leader but is caught between the two warring families. He wants the Capulets and Montagues to live in peace, but isn’t strong enough to sort them out.

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