Romeo and Juliet (characters )

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Juliet: Capulet

  • Juliet is not shy when she meets Romeo for the first time.  "palm to palm is holy palmer's kiss". 
  • Juliet claims that Romeo is her "only love"
  • She is committed to him- "All my fortunes at thy i'll lay".
  • Juliet supports Romeo eventhough he killed Tybalt.  the Nurse asks Juliet "Will you speak well of him that killed your cousin".
  • She believes in Romeo- 'Shall I speak ill of my husband?' and later gives her 'ring to my true knight' ( Act 3 Scene 2)
  • She doesn't blame Romeo, her "poor" "Lord" for killing her villain cousin".   Act 3 scene 2
  • She is slightly happy that Tybalt is dead beacuse he would have killed Romeo- "my husband lives, that Tybalt would have slain"
  •  Her mother thinks Juliet should marry Paris. Juliet however thinks she will try to like him- "I'll look to like if looking like move" (Act 1, Scene 3) but she then  disobeys her mother as she is in love with Romeo- "i will not marry"
  • She is fearless- "Tell me not of fear"  
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  • At the beginning his parents realise that Romeo is sad and is behaving strangely
  • Benvolio(Romeo's cousin ) asks how he is in which he replies "  out of her favor, where i am in love"  . The pronoun "her" is refers to Rosaline, who Romeo is in love with however the love he has for her is unrequited.
  • He seems depressed- as he thinks "Not having that, which, having, makes them short"  . from this he thinks that not having the love of rosaline makes hors seem long  and if he did have her it'd be short.
  • ACT 1 SCENE 5 Romeo meets Juliet-
  • He doesn't seem wholehearted as he immediately forgets Rosaline and  is in love with Juliet whom he expresses his love using a sonnet:
  • He describes Juliet as a source of light like a star against darkness:"she doth teach the torches to burn bright! it seems she hangs upon the cheek of night"
  • He questions himself if he was really in love and makes the assumption that he was only attracted to Rosaline: "Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!"
  • At the end, Romeo finds out that that Juliet is dead. He says "Well Juliet, i will lie with thee tonight"
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Mercutio:Romeo's Best Friend

  •  Anaphora is used by Mercutio:"If love be rough with you, be rough with love; ***** love for pricking and you beat down." (Act 1 scene 4 )
  • After Romeo meeting Juliet, Mercutio claims that Romeo has reached his masculinity "he is now the man he is meant to be"-  Also suggest Romeo has discovered his true identity now that he has sworn his love to Juliet. He realiases he doesn't need to tell the world. Overall suggesting that love helps a person achieve autonomy.
  • He is fearless as he challenges Tybalt to fight :"O calm dishounarable, vile submission ,Alla stocatta carries it away. (draws his sword) Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?) (Act 3 scene 1)
  • He is quick-tempered as he calls tybalt "Good King of cats" has "nine lives".   He threatens "dry-beat the rest of the eight "  (Act 3 scene 1)
  • He dies in Act 3 scene 1
  • He blames both houses for his death when he repeates twice: "A  plague o' both of your houses"
  • He is very courageous and is loved by his friends eg Benvolio who says  he is brave,he is in heaven and is too young to die "Brave Mercutio is dead! That gallant spirit hath aspired  the clouds , which too ultimately  here did  scorn the earth.
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The Nurse

The Nurse: servant in the Capulet household/Mother figure to Juliet

  • The Nurse comes in Act 1 Scene 3
  • She is really talkative about irrelevent thing however she also is motherly figure to Juliet, whom she protects. She talks to Lady Capulet about Juliet when fell over learning to walk
  • She talks about Juliets age; she isn't quite a 14 year old. This could could suggest how young and innocent Juliet is.
  • She encourages Juliet to find someone and she isn't a prude. "Go girl, Seek happy nights to happy days"
  • She is very open about the parts of  marriage to Juliet. When Juliet has married Romeo
  • At first she encourages Juliet to marry Romeo, who is waiting in "Friar Lawerence's cell.There stays a husband to make you a wife"
  • "I must another way, To fetch a ladder,by which your love Must climb a bird's nest soon when it is dark"   - The nurse is telling Juliet to get a ladder for Romeo so he can spend the night with her. She is suggesting that this is Juliet's wedding night.
  • In Act 3, The Nurse betrays Juliet as she tells Juliet to forget Romeo and she encourages Juliet to marry Paris
  • It seems The Nurse doesn't understand the concept of marriage. Marriage isn't all about being physical but the feeling towards that person. She says to Juliet "you no use of him." This makes the Nurse seem dirty- minded .
  • Act 3 Scene 5 -The Nurse stands up against Lord Capulet who attack was verbally abusive towards Juliet- "You are to blame, my Lord, to rate her so ".
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Tybalt: Capulet

  • Throughout the play he is a very aggressive towards the Montagues and everything he says is full of hatred.
  • In Act 1, Tybalt is very furious as he realises there is a Montague in his house as he recognises a Montague's "voice".
  • He is quick- tempered as soon as he sees a montague he immediately wants to have a fight. "Fetch me my rapier". From this, it also shows that Tybalt does not think of the consequences as he is blinded with hatred.
  • "What drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee." This is showing Tybalt loathes all the Montagues  regardless of who they are
  • In Act 3 Scene 1, Romeo comes and Tybalt insults him hoping he will respond to the challenge but Romeo refuses because he is now related to Tybalt through his marriage to Juliet. This is showing the comparison between Tybalt, who is fiery and full of anger and Romeo who is compassionate and patient.
  • Tybalt shows that Romeo is the person who he  hates the most as when Mercutio insults Tybalt by saying "make it a word and a blow". He ignores Mercutio because he is saving his fight with Romeo.
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Lord Capulet

 Capulet: Juliet's Father

  • At the beginning of the play, he is presented as a typical father who loves his daughter dearly.
  • "When Paris asks Capulet's permission to marry Juliet he refuses because his "child is yet a stranger to the world"  . This is showing that Capulet thinks Juliet is too young therefore he advises Paris to wait "two more summers" and "woo her" (Act 1 Scene 2)
  • Capulet is seen as
  • a sociable person where he is a great host when he welcomes his guests in a very loving manner.  "Welcome, gentlemen!" This has been repeated showing that Capulet is determined to make sure his guests are happy.,,
  • He is very good at keeping calm when he sees Romeo, a Motague, in his house. Unlike Tybalt who immediately gets angry, Capulet advises Tybalt to "Calm down""let him alone","Take no note of him".
  • Capulet gives the impression that he doesn't seem to have hatred toward the Montagues especially Romeo as it seems he is trying to convince Tybalt that Romeo isn't bad by  using the adjectives to describe him:"virtuous and well-governed"
  • In Act 3 Scene 5, Capulets personality changes from a kind hearted to aggressive as he uses violent verb such as "drag". This is showing he does not care whether Juliet diagrees to marry Paris
  • Capulet seem agitiated and confused knowing that Juliet is not doing what he feels is best for her as he says "Doth she not give us thanks? Is she not proud?
  • He threatens Juliet by making an indirect comment "my fingers itch" .This is suggesting he is tempted to hit Juliet.
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Lady Capulet

Lady Capulet: Juliet's Mother

  • She doesn't seem to show her love for her daughter as the Nurse is the one who is the one being a motherly figure
  • In Act 1 Scene 3 Lady Capulet gives a very blunt question: "How stands your dispositions to be married ?"
  • She seems to be more keen for Juliet to get married as she tries to convince Juliet by telling her that he will be at their "feast"  so she should "Read o'er the volume of young Paris' face And find delight writ there with beauty’s pen."
  • Lady Capulet also gives the impression that she only wants Juliet to marry Paris because of his looks and how Juliet will "share all that he doth posess"
  • She seems to think that Juliet is ready to get married just because "ladies of esteem, Are made already mothers"  and she was a mother "much upon these years"
  • Lady Capulet gives the impressions that she wants Juliet to get married because it will benefit/secure Juliet's future as Juliet will be able to "share all that he doth posess"
  • Unlike Lord Capulet, Lady Capulet shows her hatred towards Romeo as she calls him a "villain" and she is almost like her nephew, Tybalt who wants revenge:"we will have vengeance for it"
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Friar lawerence

Friar Laurence: Friend of Romeo and Juliet

  • He is presented as a holy manv who is trusted and respected by other charcheter.
  •  Friar's role of a frience and a advisor highlights the conflict between parents and their children.
  • When Romeo tells the Friar that he wants to marry Juliet, the Friar is shocked that Romeo has forgotten about Rosaline. Despite this, he agrees to marry them in hope that it will stop the "grudges
  • In Act 2 Scence 3, the Friar explains how there is nothing on Earth that is so evil and if it is misused then things go wrong: "For naught so vile that on earth doth live But to the earth some special good doth give. Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair use Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse. Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, And vice sometimes by action dignified. It shows the Friar's thoughts on the importance of moderation. it also links into the prologue:"star-crossed lovers" No matter what they do they're trapped fate.
  •   In Act 2 Scene 6 - Although the Friar agrees to marry Romeo, he warns him what may come:"These violent delights have violent ends and in their triumph die, fire, and powder, which they kiss, consume"
  • He is a fatherly figure to Romeo as he gives him a lot of advice:" Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall".
  • The Friar gives Juliet a potion which will make it seem she has died. Although the Friar is trying to stop the family feud, he seems irresponsible and it seems like he has forgotten that Juliet is actually alive. The Friar kept secrets from the Capulets: "Your part in her you could not keep from death, But heaven keep his part  in eternal life." (Act 4 Scene 5)                                              
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Benvolio:Romeo's cousin.

  • Benvolio's literal meaning : "Good will"
  • He is presented as a pacifist as he sees Sampson and Gregory fighting with Abraham and Balthasar so he tries to stop then.
  • He seems to be the peacekeeper out of Mercutio and Romeo.  He keeps telling them to "Keep the peace".
  • He seems to be more trustworty as his uncle and aunt turn to him when thier son is not being himself  and Prince asks what happend in the sreet fight.
  • Throughout the play he shows maturity as he tries to keep away from any trouble eg Capulets. He tells Mercutio to leave:" I pray thee, good Mercutio, let's retire. The day is hot; the Capulets, abroad; And if we meet we shall not 'scape a brawl. For now, these hot days is the mad blood stirring".  This gives the impression that Benvolio thinks that hte Capulets are hot tempered and are the ones to cause the brawls. He uses the nature(sun) to reveal the Capulets personality however he does not directly call them bad names unlike the Capulets who "hate" them and tybalt describing Romeo as a "villain".
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