Montague-Capulet Feud

The Montague-Capulet Feud in 'Romeo and Juliet'

Montague and Capulet Duel
Montague and Capulet Duel. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

In Romeo and Juliet, two noble families are at war: The Montague-Capulet feud is established in the very first scene when a fight breaks out between Montague’s and Capulet’s serving men. From that moment on, the Montague-Capulet subplot pervades the entire play and helps drive the plot to its tragic ending.

After the tragic death of their children at the end of the play, both families agree to bury their grievances and acknowledge their losses.

Potentially, Romeo and Juliet resolve the long standing conflict between their respective families, but unfortunately do not live to enjoy the peace.

But who’s who in the Montague-Capulet feud? The following list divides the play’s characters by family:

The House of Montague

The House of Montague comprises:

  • Lord and Lady Montague
  • Romeo Montague
  • Benvolio - Montague’s nephew and Romeo’s cousin
  • Balthasar - Romeo’s serving man
  • Abraham - Montague’s serving man

Our House of Montague page contains full character profiles for each of the above.

The House of Capulet

The House of Capulet comprises:

  • Lord and Lady Capulet
  • Juliet Capulet
  • Juliet’s Nurse
  • Tybalt – Lady Capulet’s Nephew and Juliet’s cousin
  • Samson, Gregory and Peter - Serving men for the Capulet

Our House of Capulet page contains full character profiles for each of the above.