Great Expectations and Romeo and Juliet Characters

Romeo The son and heir of Montague and Lady Montague. A young man of about sixteen, Romeo is handsome, intelligent, and sensitive. Though impulsive and immature, his idealism and passion make him an extremely likable character. He lives in the middle of a violent feud between his family and the Capulets, but he is not at all interested in violence. His only interest is love. At the beginning of the play he is madly in love with a woman named Rosaline, but the instant he lays eyes on Juliet, he falls in love with her and forgets Rosaline. Thus, Shakespeare gives us every reason to question how real Romeo’s new love is, but Romeo goes to extremes to prove the seriousness of his feelings. He secretly marries Juliet, the daughter of his father’s worst enemy; he happily takes abuse from Tybalt; and he would rather die than live without his beloved. Romeo is also an affectionate and devoted friend to his relative Benvolio, Mercutio, and Friar Lawrence.
Juliet The daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet. A beautiful thirteen-year-old girl, Juliet begins the play as a naïve child who has thought little about love and marriage, but she grows up quickly upon falling in love with Romeo. Because she is a girl in an aristocratic family, she has none of the freedom Romeo has to roam around the city. Nevertheless, she shows amazing courage in trusting her entire life and future to Romeo, even refusing to believe the worst reports about him after he gets involved in a fight with her cousin.
Montague Romeo’s father, the patriarch of the Montague clan and bitter enemy of Capulet. At the beginning of the play, he is chiefly concerned about Romeo’s melancholy.
Lady Montague Romeo’s mother, Montague’s wife. She dies of grief after Romeo is exiled from Verona.
Tybalt A Capulet, Juliet’s cousin on her mother’s side. Vain, fashionable, supremely aware of courtesy and the lack of it, he becomes aggressive, violent, and quick to draw his sword when he feels his pride has been injured. He loathes Montagues. He kills Mercutio and is killed by Romeo
Mercutio A kinsman to the Prince, and Romeo’s close friend. He overflows with imagination, wit, and, at times, a strange, biting satire and brooding fervor. He loves wordplay, especially sexual double entendres. He can be quite hotheaded, and hates people who are affected, pretentious, or obsessed with the latest fashions. He finds Romeo’s romanticized ideas about love tiresome, and tries to convince Romeo to view love as a simple matter of sexual appetite.
Benvolio Montague’s nephew, Romeo’s cousin and thoughtful friend, though Mercutio accuses him of having a nasty temper in private. He spends most of the play trying to help Romeo get his mind off Rosaline, even after Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet. He is a peace keeper in Verona
Nurse Juliet’s nurse, has cared for Juliet her entire life. A vulgar, long-winded woman, she provides comic relief with her frequently inappropriate remarks and speeches. But, until a disagreement near the play’s end, she is Juliet’s faithful confidante and loyal intermediary in Juliet’s affair with Romeo. She provides a contrast with Juliet, given that her view of love is earthy and sexual, whereas Juliet is idealistic and intense. She believes in love and wants Juliet to have a nice-looking husband, but the idea that Juliet would want to sacrifice herself for love is incomprehensible to her.
Capulet The patriarch of the Capulet family, father of Juliet and enemy, for unexplained reasons, of Montague. He seems to think that what is best for Juliet is a marriage with Paris. Often prudent, he commands respect and propriety, but he is liable to fly into a rage when either is lacking.
Lady Capulet Juliet’s mother, Capulet’s wife. She is eager to see her daughter marry Paris. She is an ineffectual mother, relying on the Nurse for moral and pragmatic support.
Prince Escalus The Prince of Verona. A kinsman of Mercutio and Paris. As the seat of political power in Verona, he is concerned about maintaining the public peace at all costs.
Paris A kinsman of the Prince, and the suitor of Juliet most preferred by Capulet. Once Capulet has promised him he can marry Juliet, he behaves very presumptuous toward her, acting as if they are already married.
Friar Lawrence friend to both Romeo and Juliet. Kind, civic-minded, a proponent of moderation, and always ready with a plan, he secretly marries the impassioned lovers in hopes that the union might eventually bring peace to Verona. As well as being a Catholic holy man, he is also an expert in the use of seemingly mystical potions and herbs.
Pip is an orphaned boy raised by his domineering sister and her kind husband, and his life and expectations make for the drama of the novel. A mysterious benefactor enables him to escape a destiny as the village blacksmith, and he travels to London as a teenager to become a ‘gentleman.’ His perception of his life and prospects (especially his prospects with Estella) change dramatically when he’s twenty-three, when he learns that his benefactor is not a rich old lady, but a common convict. Ultimately, he comes to appreciate the convict as a benefactor and a friend.
Miss Havisham A bitter old woman, whose life effectively stopped when she was abandoned on her wedding day. Half a century after this disappointment, she still wears a yellowing wedding gown, and has made it her life’s purpose to raise Estella, whom she’s adopted, as a cruel-hearted woman who’ll break the hearts of men. She is rich too, and deceives Pip by implying that she’s his benefactor. Near the end of the novel she realizes her cruelties are nearly unforgivable, although she dies not long after this realization.
Magwitch, Mr. Camble, Provis, convict number 1 Him and Pip first meet when Pip is a boy and he an escaped convict. Magwitch does not forget Pip’s kindness in the marshes, and later in life devotes himself to earning money that he anonymously donates to Pip. Eventually, he comes to London to see his ‘gentleman,’ and after Pip’s shock and shame wear off, the two become friends. Ever a convict, however, he is captured by the police. Just before he is sentenced to hang, he dies.
Estella is Miss Havisham’s adopted daughter and her project in cultivated cruelty. Raised by the old woman to be cruel and hard to men, she is a great beauty, and entrances Pip. She is mean to Pip for most of his life, although at the novel’s end they meet again, and she seems to be a softened, changed woman. She is another child of mysterious parentage, and Pip eventually learns that she’s Magwitch’s daughter.
Herbert- Pale young gentleman Pip first meets him as a boy at Miss Havisham’s, where they get into an odd fight. Later, when Pip travels to London,Pip is reunited with him, who is his tutor’s son. He is Pip’s greatest friend and closest confidant, and the only person Pip can confide in when he discovers his benefactor’s identity. He and Pip eventually leave London and work together in Cairo.
Joe is Pip’s sister’s husband, a kind-hearted blacksmith who Pip greatly admires as a boy. With the onset of his riches, however, Pip becomes ashamed of him, and the two don’t see each other much for many years. Later, when Pip falls sick, he nurses him back to health and pays off all of his debts. he is often in Pip’s mind as a reminder of the simple and honest life he left behind, when he left the marshes.
Mrs. Joe is Pip’s sister, who raises Pip with a heavy hand and is a generally unpleasant woman until a mysterious intruder clobbers her with an iron shackle. After this, she turns kind, though she is almost completely incapacitated. She dies while Pip is in London.
Jaggers is the conniving lawyer that handles Pip’s money affairs. A hard man with little sympathy, he keeps the identity of Pip’s benefactor a secret for many years.
Biddy is an orphaned girl about Pip’s age who is Pip’s first real teacher, and then lives in Pip’s childhood home as Mrs. Joe’s caretaker. Pip sometimes gets romantic notions that he can live a simple married life with her, but it’s ultimately Joe that she marries.
Startop He is a friend Pip makes in London. Startop is also one of Mr. Pocket’s tutorees, and he eventually helps Pip and Magwitch in their escape.
Wemmick is a clerk in Jaggers’ office, and in that setting he’s a fairly tight and unsympathetic man. But when he leaves the office and returns to his home and his old father, he turns into a completely different person. The ‘home Wemmick’ becomes a friend of Pip’s, who gives him advice and helps with Magwitch’s escape.
Compeyson is the second, and cruel-hearted convict that young Pip encounters on the marshes. He is the groom-in-abstinent* who swindled Miss Havisham, and he was once Magwitch’s criminal boss. He and Magwitch hate each other, and it’s him that points the police to Magwitch during his escape.
Molly Is Jaggers’ housekeeper, a suspected murderess that Jaggers successfully defended and afterwards took on as a domestic helper. Pip discovers that she and Magwitch were once in love, and that she is Estella’s mother.
Uncle Pumellchook is Joe’s uncle, and a particularly sycophantic man. He is mean to Pip when he’s poor and without expectations, and then fawns over him when he becomes rich, even encouraging a rumor that he is Pip’s benefactor.
Trabb’s boy The village tailor’s son, he taunts Pip.
Mr. Wopsle a friend of Pip’s family. Tremendously fond of his own voice, Wopsle comes to London when Pip is living there, and stars in some dreadful theater productions.
Mathew Pocket Pip’s frazzled, but kind-hearted tutor. Mr. Pocket is Herbert’s father and Miss Havisham’s cousin.
Orlick A gruff and unpleasant character, works for a time as Joe’s journeyman. He has a crush on Biddy.
Mrs. Pocket She is married to Mr. Pocket, and a spacey woman obsessed with the slight possibility that she might be related to royalty
Clarricker the merchant who Pip pays to take Herbert on as a business partner. Pip later works with Clarriker, as well.
Miss Skiffins the merchant who Pip pays to take Herbert on as a business partner. Pip later works with Clarriker, as well.
Bently Drummle a brutish boy, who Pip despises. Drummle pursues Pip’s love, Estella.
The Avenger boy Pip employs as an odd-jobs sort of domestic helper at Barnard’s Inn.

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