List of Characters For Romeo
Romeo - The
male half of the star-struck duo. Romeo is a teenager who
falls in love easily and hard. He begins the play deeply
enamored of a girl named Rosaline (who never appears on-stage),
but this infatuation instantly vanishes when he meets
Juliet. His affection for both girls seems to be based
primarily on physical beauty, although Juliet's ability
to keep up with his quick-witted eloquence surely plays
some part in his deeper love for her. His capacity for
love allows him to transcend the petty feuding of his
family and Juliet's, although he is not above a little
swordplay when he thinks it necessary. He shows himself
to be a decent swordsman, too; he takes down two trained
fencers before the play is through.
Juliet - Romeo's one true
love. Juliet is also a highly emotional teenager, though
a bit more practical than her eventual husband; she takes
care to make sure he means his pretty proclamations of
everlasting love and faithfulness. She shares Romeo's
tendency to fall into deep fits of depression, as well as
his lack of creativity in coming up with any means other
than suicide to solve her (admittedly substantial)
Friar Laurence - The wise old
priest to whom Romeo and Juliet repeatedly turn for ideas
other than suicide. Civic-minded, sympathetic, and well-versed
in the lore of medicinal plants, the friar is a useful
ally for the two lovers.
Nurse - Juliet's second
mother and confidant. Vulgar, illiterate, and given to
tedious and embarrassing bouts of sentimentality, she
always has Juliet's best interests in mind and proves a
faithful intermediary for her illicit affair with Romeo.
She appreciates a handsome face, a courteous gesture, and
the occasional swig of aqua vitae.
Benvolio - Romeo's cousin. A
generally practical fellow with a genuine distaste for
violence in public places, he is not afraid to fight when
he has to (and is reported to have a nasty temper when
the watch isn't around to haul him off). He sympathizes
with Romeo and spends most of the play trying to get his
cousin's mind off Rosaline (even after he's moved on and
Mercutio - Mercurial cousin
of Prince Escalus. Sometimes inappropriately comical,
sometimes unjustifiably severe, always quick with a pun,
Mercutio is Romeo's fiercely loyal best friend. He is
somewhat more volatile than his constant companion
Benvolio, and is always ready to shoot his mouth off or
bare his weapon (literally or euphemistically).
Tybalt - Hot-tempered cousin
of Juliet. Tybalt is supremely courteous and genteel, but
holds an intense hatred for all Montagues. He is quick to
draw his sword on any occasion; even Capulet himself has
trouble holding him back.
Capulet - Juliet's father.
Old and wealthy, with an unexplained grudge against
Montague, he means well and wants the best for his only
living child, although he's somewhat oblivious to her
actual feelings. He is capable of reason and shows
himself to be quite prudent at times, but when he gets an
idea in his head, he goes with it no matter what.
Lady Capulet - Juliet's
mother. Lady Capulet shares her husband's hatred of the
Montagues, and follows his wishes in almost everything.
She ruthlessly supports the interests of her family at
Paris - A count of the
prince's family, Paris seeks Juliet's hand in marriage.
Slightly arrogant at times, he is overall a courteous and
well-meaning fellow with genuine feelings for Juliet.
Prince Escalus - The ruler
of Verona. A just and equitable man, he hates the way his
feuding nobles have been disturbing the peace of his city.
He deals well with the loss of two of his relatives.
Montague - Romeo's father.
Another wealthy nobleman with a grudge. He is concerned
about Romeo, but gives him a good deal of freedom to work
through things on his own.
Lady Montague - Romeo's