Romeo and Juliet

Biting your thumb An insult
Romeo is originally in love with this girl… Rosaline
Romeo A true romantic. Initially lusts after Rosaline, but settles on Juliet. Some might consider him a coward for using poison to kill himself…
Benvolio Romeo’s cousin. He thinks Romeo should get over Rosaline — “examine other beauties.”
Lord Capulet Juliet’s father. At first, he thinks she’s too young for marriage. After Tybalt’s death, he agrees to let Paris marry his daughter.
Paris A man seeking Juliet’s hand in marriage. He is a relative to the Prince
Lady Capulet Juliet’s mother, who increasingly pushes Paris’ marriage onto Juliet as the play moves along.
Nurse She basically raised Juliet, and views her as her own daughter.
Juliet Daughter of the Capulets, she falls in love with Romeo. She eventually commits suicide by stabbing herself with a dagger.
Lady Montague Romeo’s mother, who dies from heartbreak over Romeo’s banishment after he kills Tybalt
Apothecary Sells Romeo the poison
a dagger Juliet’s method of suicide
Mercutio Romeo’s best friend. Dies cursing both families. Not a fan of dreams.
rhyme Repetition of sounds at the end of words
alliteration It is a stylistic device in which a number of words, having the same first consonant sound, occur close together in a series.
Mantua Romeo goes to this city during his banishment.
Tybalt Prince of cats. A skilled fighter and excellent swordsman.
Elizabethan English Shakespeare’s language. The term comes from the Queen of England during the 16th century.
Dark Lady One of the characters from Shakespeare’s sonnets. Her identity is unknown, but it’s speculated that she was a mistress.
Fair Youth One of the characters from Shakespeare’s sonnets. His identity is unknown, but it’s been speculated that he had a close relationship with Shakespeare.

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