Lord Montague was one
of the most powerful, wealthy and respected man in Verona's society. He was father
to Romeo and husband to Lady Montague. He swore enemy of the house of Capulet,
causing the feud between the two families to arise years before the story of Romeo and
Juliet. He plays a quite important part in the play as father of Romeo and as a
very controlled (until the moment when he has a conflict with a Capulet, when he then
rages himself and looses control), restricted, cold and we could say, sad. We
consider him a sad man, because the two individuals which he loved the most, Romeo and
Lady Montague, died in the end of the play. We do consider him a sadder man than
Lord Capulet, as he lost a wife and a son, while Capulet lost a daughter and a nephew,
which is not so bad.
In the beginning of the play, Lord Capulet takes part in the conflict between the Capulets and Montagues, which was stopped by the Prince who warned them that if any sort of conflict arose between the families again, severe punishments or even death would come upon them.
Lord Montague, can be said to have been a good father to Romeo, even though he could do nothing to prevent his son's banishment neither his death, neither his wife that died of depression. The other important place where Montague appears, is in the end of the play, after Romeo and Juliet died, when he and Lord Capulet made peace and ended the feud with each other.
So, we can feel sorry for Lord Montague, as he practically ended up with nothing, only his money, as almost all of his family was wiped out.