Romeo and Juliet - Characters

1

Read the extract from Romeo and Juliet and answer questions 1-4 below.

CAPULET'S WIFE
Nurse, where's my daughter? Call her forth to me.
NURSE
Now by my maidenhead at twelve year old,
I bade her come. What, lamb! What, ladybird!
God forbid, where's this girl? What, Juliet!
JULIET
How now, who calls?
NURSE
Your mother.
JULIET
Madam, I am here. What is your will?
CAPULET'S WIFE
This is the matter. - Nurse, give leave awhile,
We must talk in secret. Nurse, come back again.
I have remembered me, thou's hear our counsel.
Thou knowest my daughter's of a pretty age.

Lady Capulet tells the Nurse to call Juliet to her. What does this tell us about Lady Capulet?

2

The nurse calls Juliet 'lamb' and 'ladybird'. What does this tell us about the nurse's feelings towards Juliet?

3

What does Juliet call her mother?

4

What does this show the audience about their relationship?

5

Read the extract from Romeo and Juliet and answer questions 5-8 below.

BENVOLIO
Tybalt, the kinsman to old Capulet,
Hath sent a letter to his father's house.
MERCUTIO
A challenge, on my life.
BENVOLIO
Romeo will answer it.
MERCUTIO
Any man that can write may answer a letter.
BENVOLIO
Nay, he will answer the letter's master, how he dares being dared.
MERCUTIO
Alas, poor Romeo, he is already dead, stabbed with a white wench's black eye, run through the ear with a love song, the very pin of his heart cleft with the blind bow-boy's butt-shaft - and he is the man to encounter Tybalt?
BENVOLIO
Why what is Tybalt?

What does this extract tell us about Tybalt?

6

Benvolio says 'Romeo will answer it'. What does this tell you about how Benvolio feels about Romeo?

7

What does Mercutio think of Romeo?

8

What does this extract tell us about Mercutio?

9

Read the extract from Romeo and Juliet and answer questions 9-10.

CAPULET
O brother Montague, give me thy hand.
This is my daughter's jointure, for no more
Can I demand.

What does this show you about Capulet?

10

What does 'O brother Montague' illustrate to the audience?