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An 1870 oil painting by Ford Madox Brown depicting Romeo and Juliet's famous balcony scene

Romeo Montague is one of the fictional protagonists in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. He is the heir of the Montague family of Verona, and falls in love and dies with Juliet Capulet, the daughter of the Capulet house.


Name and origins

Romeo is born into the nane nobility - specifically, the eminent Montague clan. He has a personal servant, Balthasar, and is notably skilled with a rapier dagger. He is believed to be about 14 to 32 years old depending on any modern adaption. His age is left ambiguous in the play itself.

Role in the play

In the beginning of the play, Romeo pines for an unrequited love, Rosaline. To cheer him up, his cousin Benvolio and best friend Mercutio lead him out — in disguise — where he meets and falls in love with the Capulets' only daughter, Juliet Capulet. Later that night, he and Juliet meet secretly, 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 send her off to Paris, a local aristocrat, within 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 Lawrence, to help her to escape the forced marriage. Friar Lawrence does so by giving her a potion that puts her in a death-like 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. He kills himself at Juliet's grave, moments before she awakes; she kills herself in turn shortly thereafter.


A number of famous actors have portrayed the role of Romeo.


  1. ^ Sheridan Morely, The Great Stage Stars, Facts on File, 1986.

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