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The Nurse and Juliet may have a loving, teasing sort of relationship at the beginning of the play, but when Juliet needs her most—after her parents order her to. The relationship between Romeo and Juliet can be largely defined as the passionate, all-consuming first “love” of two relatively naive teenagers, as that is what. Juliet, perhaps, most perfectly describes her love for Romeo by refusing to Romeo and Juliet does not make a specific moral statement about the relationships.
Old Capulet[ edit ] Old Capulet is Capulet's cousin. He appears as an elderly man sitting with Capulet in the feast. House of Montague[ edit ] The Montague family in Italian, "Montecchi" was an actual political faction of the 13th century.
Lord Montague[ edit ] The father of Romeo. Presumably, he is also wealthy, and is always in feud with Capulet. Montague clearly loves his son deeply and at the beginning of the play, worries for him as he recounts to Benvolio his attempts to find out the source of his depression. He wishes Benvolio better luck. After Romeo kills Tybalt, Montague pleads with the Prince to spare him of execution as Romeo did only what the law would have done, since Tybalt killed Mercutio.
He appears again at the end of the play to mourn Romeo, having already lost his wife to grief.
Characters in Romeo and Juliet - Wikipedia
Lady Montague[ edit ] Montague's wife is the matriarch of the house of Montague, and the mother of Romeo and aunt of Benvolio. She appears twice within the play: She returns with her husband and the Prince in act three, scene one to see what the trouble is, and is there informed of Romeo's banishment. She dies of grief offstage soon after mentioned in act five. She is very protective of her son Romeo and is very happy when Benvolio tells her that Romeo was not involved in the brawl that happened between the Capulets and Montagues.
However, Romeo doesn't feel very close to her as he is unable to seek advice from her. As with Capulet's wife, calling her "Lady Montague" is a later invention not supported by the earliest texts. Romeo An oil painting by Ford Madox Brown depicting Romeo and Juliet's famous balcony scene In the beginning of the play, Romeo pines for an unrequited loveRosaline.
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To cheer him up, his cousin and friend Benvolio and Mercutio take him to the Capulets' celebration in disguise, where he meets and falls in love with the Capulets' only daughter, Juliet.
Later that night, he and Juliet meet secretly and pledge to marry, despite their families' long-standing feud. They marry the following day, but their union is soon thrown into chaos by their families; Juliet's cousin Tybalt duels and kills Romeo's friend Mercutio, throwing Romeo into such a rage that he kills Tybalt, and the Prince of Verona subsequently banishes him.
Meanwhile, Juliet's father plans to marry her off to Paris, a local aristocratwithin the next few days, threatening to turn her out on the streets if she doesn't follow through.
Desperate, Juliet begs Romeo's confidant, Friar Laurence, to help her to escape the forced marriage.
Laurence does so by giving her a potion that puts her in a deathlike coma. The plan works, but too soon for Romeo to learn of it; he genuinely believes Juliet to be dead, and so resolves to commit suicide, by drinking the bottle of poison illegally bought from the Apothecary upon hearing the news of Juliet's "death". Romeo's final words were "Thus with a kiss I die".
Benvolio He is Montague's nephew and Romeo 's cousin. Benvolio and Romeo are both friends of Mercutioa kinsman to Prince Escalus.Romeo and Juliet - Act 3 Scene 1 - A public place.
Benvolio seems to have little sympathy with the feud, trying unsuccessfully to back down from a fight with Tybalt, and the duels that end in Mercutio and Tybalt's death.
Benvolio spends most of Act I attempting to distract his cousin from his infatuation with Rosalinebut following the first appearance of Mercutio in I. In that scene, he drags the fatally wounded Mercutio offstage, before returning to inform Romeo of Mercutio's death and the Prince of the course of Mercutio's and Tybalt's deaths. The fact Romeo describes the kiss as 'tender' illustrates Romeo's gentle and true emotions and feelings for Juliet.
This shows that their first meeting was charged with love and desire for one another. Romeo's friendship with Mercutio Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt so Mercutio takes his place.
When Tybalt kills Mercutio unjustly, Romeo swears to avenge his best friend's death, thus killing Tybalt. Either thou or I, or both, must go with him.
He tells Tybalt that either he or Tybalt 'must go with him'. This directly shows how passionate he feels about Mercutio, as someone will be joining Mercutio's soul in the journey to heaven. Romeo and Juliet's deaths Romeo goes to find Juliet in the Capulet tomb, believing her to be dead.
He takes some poison and dies. Juliet awakens, finds her love poisoned and kills herself with Romeo's dagger so they can be together in the afterlife. The use of the exclamation mark illustrates her emotion - she is both elated and distraught - she cannot cope with life without Romeo so decides to join him in death.
Social and historical context In Elizabethan times, people got married much earlier than they do today. It would be common practice to get married at 13 years of age.