'Romeo and Juliet' - Character Guide

ROMEO MONTAGUE

The son of Montague and Lady Montague. He is about sixteen. He falls in love with Juliet, a member of a rival family house, and secretly marries her. He ultimately takes his own life having tragically not been told that Juliet was faking her death and believing it to be real.

JULIET CAPULET

The daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet. She is about thirteen. She falls in love with Romeo, a member of a rival family house, and secretly marries him. She fakes her own death, hoping it would give her and Romeo the chance to flee Verona together, but Romeo does not find out, taking his own life as a result of his devastation. Juliet, upon waking, then takes her own life upon realising that Romeo was dead.

FRIAR LAWRENCE

A friar who helps Romeo and Juliet with their secret love. He marries them and hatches the plan for Juliet to fake her own death in order for the two of them to flee Verona together.

THE NURSE

Personal servant of Juliet. Has cared for her since she was born. Juliet comes to her for advice regarding her secret relationship/marriage with Romeo.

MERCUTIO

A close friend of Romeo. He is imaginative, wild and witty. He can also be quite hotheaded. He is killed by Tybalt.

TYBALT

A Capulet who is aggressive, violent and hotheaded. He is a gifted fighter. He kills Mercutio and is killed by Romeo in an act of revenge.

CAPULET

Patriarch of the Capulet family. Father of Juliet. Husband of Lady Capulet.

LADY CAPULET

Wife of Capulet. Mother of Juliet.

MONATGUE

Patriarch of the Montague family. Father of Romeo. Husband of Lady Monatgue.

LADY MONTAGUE

Wife of Montague. Mother of Romeo.

PARIS

Suitor of Juliet, favoured by Capulet, most likely due to his family's wealth and status.

BENVOLIO

Montague's nephew and Romeo's cousin. He tries to bring peace to the Montagues and Capulets, but is massively unsuccessful.

ROSALINE

A woman with whom Romeo is infatuated with at the beginning of the play. She never appears in the play. Once Romeo meets Juliet, he forgets about Rosaline.