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1. Helena  The daughter of a very famous, recently deceased court physician, Helena has the  physical and mental attributes which could command the attention of virtually any eligible  bachelor, but unfortunately, she does not have the correct social pedigree to entice the man  whom she loves, Bertram, a Count's son. Through the use of her native wit and the body of  knowledge which she inherits from her father, as well as because of her sheer strength of  will, she overcomes all obstacles and wins Bertram. To some commentators on this play,  Helena's tactics seem questionable, although no one underestimates her strength of  character. 2. Bertram  For several reasons, Bertram seems significantly inferior to Helena. He is under the  influence of the patently superficial Parolles, and he lies outright on more than one occasion.  Furthermore, he blatantly disregards the king's wishes. To a modern audience, he might 
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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