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ROMEO AND JUILET

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARES
MAJOR CHARACTERS OF ROMEO AND
JULIET
• ROMEO
• JULIET
• MERCUTIO
• BENVOLIO
• TYBALT
• FRIAR LAWERENCE
• PARIS MONTAGUE
• LADY MONTAGUE
• LADY CAPULET
• PRINCE ESCALUS
• THE NURSE
ROMEO

• A member of the Montague Family who falls


in love with Juliet, a member of the Capulet
Family.
JULIET

• A member of the Capulet Family who falls in


love with Romeo, a member of the Montague
Family.
THE MONTAGUE FAMILY
• MONTAGUE IS THE FATHER OF ROMEO AND ENEMY OF
CAPULET.
• LADY MONTAGUE IS THE MOTHER OF ROMEO AND WIFE OF
MONTAGUE.
• BENVOLIO IS THE COUSIN OF ROMEO.
THE CAPULET FAMILY
• CAPULET IS THE FATHER OF JULET AND ENEMY OF
MONTAGUE.
• LADY CAPULET IS THE MOTHER OF JULIET AND WIFE OF
CAPULET.
• TYBALT IS THE COUSIN OF JULIET.
MERCUTIO

• The best friend of Romeo and kinsman of Prince


Escalus. He is not a member of either the Montague or
Capulet families, but he is on Romeo’s side. He has a
deep rivalry with Tybalt.
FRIAR LAWERENCE

• A Franciscan friar, friend to both Romeo and Juliet.


Kind, civic-minded, a proponent of moderation, and
always ready with a plan, Friar Lawrence secretly marries
the impassioned lovers in hopes that the union might
eventually bring peace to Verona. As well as being a
Catholic holy man, Friar Lawrence is also an expert in the
use of seemingly mystical potions and herbs.
PRINCE ESCALUS

• The Prince of Verona. A kinsman of Mercutio and Paris.


As the seat of political power in Verona, he is concerned
about maintaining the public peace at all costs. PARIS: A
kinsman of the Prince, and the suitor of Juliet most
preferred by Capulet. Once Capulet has promised him he
can marry Juliet, he behaves very presumptuous toward
her, acting as if they are already married.
SUMMARY OF ROMEO AND JULIET
• SUMMARY OF ACT 1
• SUMMARY OF ACT 2
ACT 1
• The audience is introduced the major characters. We learn that the Montague Family and the
Capulet Family are mortal enemies. A fight almost breaks out between Benvolio and Tybalt, but it
is broken up. Prince Escalus is fed up with the fighting between the two families and declares that
anyone else caught fighting in public will be severely punished. We are introduced to Juliet, whose
father is throwing a big party because she is of age to get married. Paris, a kinsman to the prince,
has his eyes set on Juliet, but she is not very interested. We are introduced to Romeo, who is very
depressed because he is in love with Rosaline, a girl whom he can never be with. In an effort to
cheer Romeo up, Mercutio convinces Romeo to sneak into the Capulet costume party.

• Wearing a costume, Romeo does get into the Capulet costume party, where he and Juliet meet
and immediately fall in love (not knowing that they are members of rivaling families). Before Act
I ends, Romeo and Juliet realize that their families are enemies.
ACT 2
• After the party, Romeo sneaks into Juliet’s backyard and speaks to her as she
stands on the balcony of her bedroom. They profess their love for each
other, despite their families, and agree to marry. Romeo meets with Friar
Lawrence and asks him to perform the wedding. At first, Friar Lawrence is
skeptical of Romeo’s love for Juliet, but he agrees to oversee the marriage
because he believes it will bring about peace between the two families.
Romeo and Juliet, with the help of her nurse, secretly meet and get married.
No one other than the nurse and Friar Lawerence know if this marriage.