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Romeo and Juliet: Characters

Characters in Romeo and Juliet.
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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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