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Professor Regina Buccola of Roosevelt University explains the main characters in William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet | Characters

Character Description Traits
Juliet Juliet is the 13-year-old daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet and eventual wife of Romeo. She kills herself rather than live without her husband. Read More gentle, eager, impatient, rash, romantic, willful, steadfast
Romeo Romeo is the son of Lord and Lady Montague and eventual husband of Juliet. He kills himself rather than live without his wife. Read More sensitive, poetic, foolish, gentlemanly, passionate
Lord Capulet Lord Capulet is Juliet's father. Read More social, paternal, stern
Friar Lawrence Friar Lawrence is a brother of the Franciscan order, Romeo's confessor, and a guide and advisor to Romeo and Juliet. Read More kind, wise, spiritual, healer, counselor, religious
Mercutio Mercutio is a friend of Romeo's and a kinsman (relative) of the prince, murdered by Tybalt. Read More witty, sarcastic, fun-loving, hot-tempered
Nurse The nurse is Juliet's caretaker. Read More protective, loyal, strong-willed, confident, critical, intelligent
Paris Paris is a count, kinsman to the prince, suitor of Juliet, and murder victim of Romeo. Read More sincere, conventional, ceremonious
Abram Abram is a servant in the Montague household. haughty, trustworthy
The Apothecary The apothecary is an impoverished chemist from whom Romeo buys illegal poison. impoverished, beggarly
Balthasar Balthasar is Romeo's servant. He reports Juliet's supposed death to Romeo. servile, fearful, kind
Benvolio Benvolio is Romeo's friend and cousin and Lord Montague's nephew. wise, logical, sensitive, temperate, honest
Chorus The chorus provides commentary that helps the audience interpret the play.
Friar John Friar John is a brother of the Franciscan order, sent with news to Romeo but prevented from reaching him. friendly, helpful
Gregory Gregory is a servant in the Capulet household. irritable, lewd
Lady Capulet Lady Capulet is Juliet's mother. forthright, reserved
Lady Montague Lady Montague is Romeo's mother, who dies of grief over her son's banishment. soft-spoken
Lord Montague Lord Montague is Romeo's father. anxious, fatherly
Peter Peter is a servant in the Capulet household who assists the nurse. cranky, humorous
The Prince Prince Escalus is the prince of Verona. just, royal, lawful
Rosaline Rosaline is the beautiful girl Romeo initially falls for, but she has sworn off boys and taken a vow of chastity. Although we never actually see or hear from Rosaline, she serves an integral role as the impetus for Romeo and Juliet's initial encounter.
Sampson Sampson is a servant in the Capulet household. quarrelsome, rough, bawdy
Tybalt Tybalt is Juliet's cousin, Lady Capulet's nephew, murderer of Mercutio, and murder victim of Romeo. conceited, violent, passionate, troublemaker, swordsman
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