Romeo and Juliet Characters

These are brief descriptions on the characters from 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare on PowerPoint. You might not need to know it all but it doesn't hurt to look :)

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Juliet is quiet - She says very little in Act 1, Scene 3
Juliet is innocent - We are told she is not quite 14 several times
Juliet is not shy - She lets Romeo kiss her at their first meeting
Juliet speaks directly - She tells Romeo he kisses 'by th'book' (that he kisses well
or without any real feeling)
Juliet is in love - She says he is her 'only love'
Juliet commits herself to him - She says: 'All my fortunes at thy foot I'll lay'
She believes in him - She asks: 'Shall I speak ill of my husband?' and later gives
her 'ring to my true knight'
She disobeys her mother - She tells her 'I will not marry', and that she will marry
Romeo rather than Paris
She is brave - She says 'Tell me not of fear', and is quick to commit suicide,
saying 'I'll be brief'…read more

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Romeo is moody - His family thinks Romeo is behaving strangely
Romeo is sad and lonely - His father has seen him with 'tears', and Romeo stays in
his bedroom on his own
Romeo fears for the future - Before the ball, he talks about something 'hanging in
the stars' (as if he realises fate will destroy his future)
He is not sincere at first - He forgets all about Rosaline as soon as he meets Juliet
He falls in love instantly - He asks 'Did my heart love till now?' when he sees Juliet.
He will do anything for her He says: 'Call me but love, and I'll be new baptised.'
He tries to do the right thing - He refuses to fight Tybalt, even if he seems a coward
He can be immature - Even the Nurse tells him to stand up and 'be a man'
He will not listen to reason - He says, 'I defy you, stars!', as if he does not care what
will happen
He is passionate about Juliet - He kills himself in order to be with her…read more

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The Nurse is like a mother to Juliet. She
takes a great risk in helping her, and
seems completely devoted to her. She
makes fun of her, too, and is rude - but
means only the best for Juliet. The Nurse
talks a lot, often in a rambling way, but
appears to be genuinely nice and caring.
However, she advises Juliet to marry
Paris and does not seem to appreciate
how much Juliet loves Romeo.…read more

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The Friar is like a father to Romeo. He
often offers advice and clearly knows
Romeo very well. He also seems to be
wise, and is trusted by everyone. He
knows a lot and appears to be practical.
However, he takes a huge risk when he
secretly marries Romeo and Juliet. His
plan to save her does not work either.
And his actions lead to the deaths of the
couple.…read more

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Benvolio is another of Romeo's
friends, and makes a good
contrast to both Mercutio and
Tybalt. His name can be
understood as 'good wishes', and
he is determined to do all he can
to stop the fights between the
two families.…read more

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Capulet, Juliet's father, is ready to fight
Montague, but then appears to be
friendly and welcoming, inviting people
to his party. And he stops Tybalt from
fighting Romeo in his house. However,
Capulet is a very traditional father. He
arranges Juliet's marriage to Paris and is
furious when she does not obey him.…read more

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