Romeo and Juliet Study Guide

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

In Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare's tragic plays, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love, despite the fact that their families are bitter enemies. Undeterred by this obstacle, the two begin a passionate romance that is interrupted by their feuding relatives. The lovers' final attempt to be together results in the death of them both, leaving their families, and the reader, to contemplate the power of love and question the meaning of violence.


  • Romeo — sole heir to the Montague fortune
  • Lord Montague — Romeo’s father
  • Lady Montague — Romeo’s mother
  • Benvolio — Romeo’s cousin
  • Balthasar — Romeo’s faithful servant
  • Abraham — Montague servant


  • Juliet — sole heir to the Capulet fortune
  • Lord Capulet — Juliet’s father
  • Lady Capulet — Juliet’s mother
  • Tybalt — Juliet’s cousin
  • The Nurse — Juliet’s faithful Nurse
  • Peter — Capulet servant
  • Sampson — Capulet servant
  • Gregory — Capulet servant

Peripheral characters

  • Friar Lawrence — friend and advisor to Romeo and Juliet
  • Mercutio — Romeo’s best friend; Prince’s kinsman
  • Prince Escalus — Prince of Verona; kinsman to Mercutio and Paris
  • Paris — Loves Juliet
  • Rosaline — Romeo’s first love who never actually appears in the play
  • Friar John — Friar Lawrence’s friend
  • Apothecary — Romeo’s acquaintance in Mantua

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