Montague is the head of an old family of Verona.
Caught up in his family’s old quarrel with the Capulets, he is willing to throw himself bodily into the fray despite his age. He is concerned about his son Romeo’s melancholy. When Romeo kills Tybalt, his father defends him to the Prince, arguing that Tybalt’s life was already forfeit and that Romeo hence committed no crime. By the end of the play he will lose both his son and his wife. He offers a gold statue of Juliet to Capulet as a sign of their new friendship at the end of the play, one-upping Capulet’s proffered handshake.