All's Well That Ends Well | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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All's Well That Ends Well | Characters

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Helen A clever, resourceful young woman of Rossillion, Helen is in love with the countess's son Bertram. Read More
Bertram After his father's death, Bertram becomes the new Count of Rossillion. A callow, self-absorbed young man, he rejects Helen's love. Read More
Parolles Parolles is Bertram's most trusted companion. Unfortunately, he is also a liar, a coward, and a terrible influence on the young man. Read More
King of France The king of France is well loved by his people but near death. Cured by Helen, he becomes devoted to her happiness. Read More
Countess The countess, a wise and perceptive woman, is Bertram's mother, but she loves Helen like a daughter. Read More
Count of Rossillion The Count of Rossillion is Bertram's father, who dies just before the play begins, and is only mentioned by the other characters.
Diana Diana is a young noblewoman of Florence whom Bertram attempts to seduce, but who becomes Helen's ally in tricking him.
Duke of Florence The Duke of Florence is the ruler of Florence and one of the leaders in the Tuscan wars.
First Lord Dumaine A good-natured man and a friend of Bertram's, the First Lord Dumaine tries to show the young count Parolles is leading him astray.
Second Lord Dumaine The younger Second Lord Dumaine is very much like his brother, and he also attempts to guide Bertram toward a better life.
Fool The fool, whose real name is Lavatch, is the clown who lives in the countess's home. Though he is a court jester, he is much sharper than most of those around him.
First gentleman First gentleman is one of two soldiers who bring Helen a letter from Bertram after he runs away to Italy to avoid his marriage.
Second gentleman Second gentleman is one of two soldiers who bring Helen a letter from Bertram after he runs away to Italy to avoid his marriage.
Gentleman The gentleman, whom Helen knows to be a member of the court in France, tells her the king of France has gone to Rossillion and agrees to take a letter there from Helen to the king.
Lafew A wise, old, French nobleman, Lafew is a good friend of the countess.
First [Court] Lord The First [Court] Lord is one of the available bachelors in the king of France's court from whom Helen may choose a husband.
Second [Court] Lord The Second [Court] Lord is one of the available bachelors in the king of France's court from whom Helen may choose a husband.
Mariana Mariana is a neighbor of the widow of Florence and Diana.
Gerard de Narbon Gerard de Narbon is Helen's deceased father, physician to Bertram's father, who dies six months before the play begins and is only mentioned by the other characters.
Page The page calls Parolles away from his conversation with Helen when it is time for him to leave for France with Bertram.
First soldier The first soldier helps capture Parolles in Act 4, Scene 1 when First Lord Dumaine begins their plan to trick Parolles and expose his true nature to Bertram.
Second soldier The second soldier goes to fetch Bertram and Second Lord Dumaine in Act 4, Scene 1.
Servant A servant appears in Act 4, Scene 3 to let the First Lord Dumaine and Second Lord Dumaine know Bertram will be late.
Steward The steward, who serves in the countess's court, overhears Helen musing on her feelings for Bertram and tells the countess about it. Later, he carries letters to and from the countess, Helen, and Bertram.
Widow of Florence The widow of Florence gives permission for her daughter Diana to help Helen in her scheme to win Bertram.
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