Romeo and Juliet: Characters

Romeo Montague The son and heir of Lord Montague and Lady Montague. He kills Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin.
Juliet Capulet The daughter of Lord Capulet and Lady Capulet.
Friar Laurence He secretly marries Romeo and Juliet in hopes that the union will bring peace to Verona.
Nurse Juliet’s faithful confidante and loyal intermediary in Juliet’s relationship with Romeo.
Mercutio A kinsman to the Prince, and Romeo’s close friend. He is killed by Tybalt.
Tybalt A Capulet, Juliet’s cousin on her mother’s side. He kills Mercutio. Vain, fashionable. He loathes Montagues.
Lord Montague Romeo’s father, the patriarch of the Montague clan and bitter enemy of Capulet.
Lady Montague Romeo’s mother, Montague’s wife. She dies of grief after Romeo is exiled from Verona.
Lord Capulet Juliet’ father, The patriarch of the Capulet family, , husband of Lady Capulet, and enemy, for unexplained reasons, of Montague.
Lady Capulet Juliet’s mother, Capulet’s wife. She is eager to see her daughter marry Paris.
Benvolio Montague’s nephew, Romeo’s cousin and thoughtful friend, he makes a genuine effort to defuse violent scenes 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.
Friar John A Franciscan friar charged by Friar Lawrence with taking the news of Juliet’s false death to Romeo in Mantua. Friar John is held up in a quarantined house, and the message never reaches Romeo.
Balthasar Romeo’s dedicated servant, who brings Romeo the news of Juliet’s death, unaware that her death is a ruse/not real.
The Apothecary An apothecary in Mantua. He sells poison to Romeo.
Paris A kinsman of the Prince, and the suitor of Juliet most preferred by Lord Capulet. Lord Capulet promises he can marry Juliet.
Prince Escalus The Prince of Verona. A kinsman of Mercutio (Romeo’s best friend) and Paris. He is concerned about maintaining the public peace at all costs

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