Naturally, the most important characters in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet are the two protagonists who have lent their names to the title of the play. In the following pages, you can find a detailed characterization of both Juliet and Romeo

We also give you a characterization of the young lovers’ parents - the Capulets and the Montagues - and discuss how we are to interpret the role of parents in the play. On top of this, we explore the importance of surrogate parents in the play. You can also read characterizations of the NurseFriar Lawrence, and other characters such as Mercutio.

Our study guide is still a work in progress, but our editors are adding new sections fast. So stay tuned for more analytical help.

Fig. 1. Overview of the characters of Romeo and Juliet.