Romeo & Juliet play by William Shakespeare
R&J Characters - Interactive Reader p. 328 ➢ Montagues ➢ Capulets ➢ Others
Montagues ➢ Lord Montague ➢ Lady Montague ➢ Romeo ○ Son of Montague ➢ Benvolio ○ Nephew of Montague and friend of Romeo ➢ Balthasar ○ Servant to Romeo ➢ Abram ○ Servant to Montague
➢ Lord Capulet ➢ Lady Capulet ➢ Juliet ○ Daughter of Capulet ➢ Tybalt ○ Nephew of Lady Capulet ➢ Nurse ○ To Juliet ➢ Peter Servant to Juliet’s Nurse Capulets ➢ Sampson ➢ Gregory ➢ An old man ○ Friend of the Capulet Family
➢ Prince Escalus ○ Ruler of Verona ➢ Mercutio ○ Kinsman of the Prince and friend of Romeo ➢ Friar Laurence ○ A Franciscan priest ➢ Friar John ○ Another Franciscan Priest ➢ Count Paris ○ A young nobleman, kinsman of the Prince ➢ Apothecary Others
➢ Dialogue ○ When characters speak to one another; may often be used to substitute for exposition ■ Since there is so little stage direction in Shakespeare, many of the characters’ thoughts and actions are revealed through dialogue ➢ Dramatic Irony ○ Where the audience or reader is aware of something important, of which the characters in the play are not aware ➢ Irony ○ An event occurs which is unexpected, in the sense that is somehow in absurd or mocking opposition to what would be expected or appropriate. More coincidence is generally not ironic; neither is mere surprise, nor are any random occurrences. Literary Terms
➢ Aside ○ A character’s remark, either to the audience or to another character, that others on the stage are not supposed to hear. ➢ Soliloquy ○ A speech in which a character says his or her thoughts aloud, usually while he or she is alone on stage. ■ Ex. At the beginning on the balcony scene, Juliet believes she is alone, and talks to herself about her love for Romeo. ➢ Tragic Hero ○ Main character in a tragedy, usually of noble birth, who has a tragic flaw. ➢ Tragic Flaw ○ A defect in a hero’s personality that causes his/her downfall. Literary Terms
➢ Comic Relief ○ A humorous scene, incident, or speech that is included in a serious play to break the tension.
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