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Romeo

The son and heir of Montague and Lady Montague. A young man of about sixteen

Romeo

is handsome, intelligent, and sensitive.

Romeo

Though impulsive and immature, his idealism and passion make him an extremely likable character

Romeo

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

Romeo

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.

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, the son of her family's great enemy.

Juliet

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.

Juliet

Juliet's closest friend and confidant is her nurse, though she's willing to shut the Nurse out of her life the moment the Nurse turns against Romeo.

Friar Lawrence

A Franciscan friar, friend to both Romeo and Juliet. As

Friar Lawrence

Kind, civic-minded, a proponent of moderation, and always ready with a plan,

Friar Lawrence

secretly marries the impassioned lovers in hopes that the union might eventually bring peace to Verona.

Friar Lawrence

well as being a Catholic holy man, Friar Lawrence is also an expert in the use of seemingly mystical potions and herbs.

Friar Lawrence

Believes in the Golden Mean

Mercutio

A kinsman to the Prince, and Romeo's close friend. .

Mercutio

overflows with imagination, wit, and, at times, a strange, biting satire and brooding fervor.

Mercutio

loves wordplay, especially sexual double entendres.

Mercutio

He can be quite hotheaded, and hates people who are affected, pretentious, or obsessed with the latest fashions.

Mercutio

He finds Romeo's romanticized ideas about love tiresome, and tries to convince Romeo to view love as a simple matter of sexual appetite

The Nurse

the woman who breast-fed Juliet when she was a baby and has cared for Juliet her entire life. . .

The Nurse

A vulgar, long-winded, and sentimental character, the Nurse provides comic relief with her frequently inappropriate remarks and speeches

The Nurse

But, until a disagreement near the play's end, is Juliet's faithful confidante and loyal intermediary in Juliet's affair with Romeo.

The Nurse

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.

Tybalt -

A Capulet, Juliet's cousin on her mother's side.

Tybalt

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.

Tybalt

Once drawn, his sword is something to be feared. He loathes Montagues

Capulet -

The patriarch of the Capulet family, father of Juliet, husband of Lady Capulet, and enemy, for unexplained reasons, of Montague. .

Capulet

He truly loves his daughter, though he is not well acquainted with Juliet's thoughts or feelings, and seems to think that what is best for her is a "good" match with Paris

Capulet

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. A woman who herself married young (by her own estimation she gave birth to Juliet at close to the age of fourteen),

Lady Capulet -

she is eager to see her daughter marry Paris.

Lady Capulet -

She is ineffectual, relying on the Nurse for moral and pragmatic support.

Montague -

Romeo's father, the patriarch of the Montague clan and bitter enemy of Capulet.

Montague -

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

Paris -

A kinsman of the Prince, and the suitor of Juliet most preferred by Capulet.

Paris

Once Capulet has promised him he can marry Juliet, he behaves very presumptuous toward her, acting as if they are already married

Benvolio -

Montague's nephew, Romeo's cousin and thoughtful friend, .

Benvolio -

he makes a genuine effort to defuse violent scenes in public places, though Mercutio accuses him of having a nasty temper in private

Benvolio -

He spends most of the play trying to help Romeo get his mind off Rosaline, even after Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet

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.

Balthasar -

Romeo's dedicated servant, who brings Romeo the news of Juliet's death, unaware that her death is a ruse

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