Romeo and Juliet: Characters

Juliet the daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet
Nurse Juliet’s faithful friend and loyal helper in Juliet’s affair with Romeo.
Lord Capulet Father of Juliet, head of the Capulet household, husband of Lady Capulet, and enemy, for unexplained reasons, of Montague.
Lady Capulet Juliet’s mother, Capulet’s wife. A woman who herself married young and gave birth to Juliet at close to the age of fourteen. She is eager to see her daughter marry Paris. She is not the best mother, and relies on the Nurse for help raising her daughter.
Tybalt A Capulet, Juliet’s cousin on her mother’s side. He gets angry quickly, is violent, and a great sword fighter. He hates the Montagues.
Peter A Capulet servant who invites guests to Capulet’s feast and takes the Nurse to meet with Romeo.
Sampson & Gregory Two servants of the house of Capulet, who, like their master, hate the Montagues. At the beginning of the play, they encourage some Montague men into a fight.
Friar Lawrence He secretly marries Romeo and Juliet in hopes that the marriage might eventually bring peace to Verona.
Friar John A Franciscan friar charged by Friar Lawrence with taking the news of Juliet’s fake death to Romeo in Mantua. Friar John is held up in a quarantined house, and the message never reaches Romeo.
Romeo The son of Lord Montague and Lady Montague.
Benvolio Montague’s nephew, Romeo’s cousin and friend. He tries to keep the peace in public places, 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.
Mercutio Romeo’s close friend
Lord Montague Romeo’s father, the head of the Montague clan and bitter enemy of Capulet. At the beginning of the play, he is mainly concerned about Romeo’s depression.
Lady Montague Romeo’s mother, Montague’s wife. She dies of grief after Romeo is banished from Verona.
Balthasar Romeo’s dedicated servant, who brings Romeo the news of Juliet’s death, not knowing that her death is fake.
Abraham Montague’s servant, who fights with Sampson and Gregory in the first scene of the play.
Prince Escalus The Prince of Verona. A comrade of Mercutio and Paris. He is worried about keeping the peace at all costs.
Paris A comrade of the Prince, and the future husband of Juliet most preferred by Capulet. Once Capulet has promised him he can marry Juliet, he acts as if they are already married.
Apothecary A person who prepares and sells medicines and drugs.

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