Pericles | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Pericles Pericles is the prince of Tyre who later becomes its king. Read More
John Gower The spirit of John Gower, a 14th-century English poet, serves as the Chorus for the play. Read More
Thaisa Thaisa is the young princess of Pentapolis who becomes the wife of Pericles. Read More
Marina Marina is the daughter of Thaisa and Pericles. She is left in the care of Cleon and Dionyza. Read More
Cleon Cleon is the governor of Tarsus and the husband of Dionyza. Read More
Dionyza Dionyza is the wife of Cleon. Read More
Simonides Simonides is the king of Pentapolis. Read More
Antiochus Antiochus is the king of Antioch who has an incestuous relationship with his daughter. He tries to have Pericles killed when Pericles discovers the secret.
Antiochus's daughter Antiochus's daughter is the unnamed princess of Antioch who has an incestuous relationship with her father.
Bawd Bawd is the mistress of a brothel and the wife of Pander.
Bolt Bolt is Pander and Bawd's servant at the brothel.
Cerimon Lord Cerimon is a physician at Ephesus who treats Thaisa after she was found in the chest on the shore of Ephesus.
Diana Diana is the goddess of chastity, who appears to Pericles in a dream. She leads him to discover his still-living wife, Thaisa, in the Temple of Diana.
Escanes Escanes is a lord of Tyre who governs the city in the absence of Pericles and Helicanus.
First fisherman The first fisherman is one of three fishermen who meet Pericles on shore of Pentapolis following his shipwreck. The fishermen help fish his armor out of the sea.
First gentleman of Ephesus The first gentleman of Ephesus is one of two gentlemen who flee their homes during a storm for fear their houses will collapse. They are present when Cerimon opens the chest to find Thaisa.
First lord of Pentapolis The first lord of Pentapolis is one of three lords who ridicule Pericles for the rusty armor he wears for the jousting competition.
First lord to Pericles The first lord to Pericles is one of two lords that flatter Pericles when he returns to Tyre after fleeing Antioch. Helicanus reprimands them for their flattery.
First pirate The first pirate is one of three pirates who save Marina from Leonine when he tries to kill her. They then promptly sell her to Pander.
First sailor The first sailor is one of two sailors who urges Pericles to throw Thaisa's body overboard.
Five knights The five knights are all suitors for the hand of Thaisa.
Helicanus Helicanus is a lord of Tyre and adviser to Pericles.
Leonine Leonine is a servant of Dionyza. She orders him to kill Marina.
Lychorida Lychorida is Thaisa's nurse who helps deliver Marina. Later she cares for Marina in Tarsus.
Lysimachus Lysimachus is the governor of Mytilene who initially seeks Marina out as a prostitute but does not act on his intention. Later, he marries her.
Marshal The marshal serves King Simonides in Pentapolis. He directs Pericles to his seat at the banquet after the jousting.
Messenger The messenger informs Antiochus that Pericles has fled Antioch.
Pander Pander is owner of the brothel in Mytilene who buys Marina.
Second fisherman The second fisherman is one of three fishermen who meet Pericles on shore of Pentapolis following his shipwreck. The fishermen help fish his armor out of the sea.
Second gentleman of Ephesus The second gentleman of Ephesus is one of two gentlemen who flee their homes during a storm for fear their houses will collapse. They are present when Cerimon opens the chest to find Thaisa.
Second lord of Pentapolis The second lord of Pentapolis is one of three lords who ridicule Pericles for the rusty armor he wears for the jousting competition.
Second lord to Pericles The second lord to Pericles is one of two lords that flatter Pericles when he returns to Tyre after fleeing Antioch. Helicanus reprimands them for their flattery.
Second pirate The second pirate is one of three pirates who save Marina from Leonine when he tries to kill her. They then promptly sell her to Pander.
Second sailor The second sailor is one of two sailors who urges Pericles to throw Thaisa's body overboard.
Thaliard Thaliard is a lord of Antioch and a thug who is hired by Antiochus to kill Pericles.
Third fisherman The third fisherman is one of three fishermen who meet Pericles on shore of Pentapolis following his shipwreck. The fishermen help fish his armor out of the sea.
Third lord of Pentapolis The third lord of Pentapolis is one of three lords who ridicule Pericles for the rusty armor he wears for the jousting competition.
Third pirate The third pirate is one of three pirates who save Marina from Leonine when he tries to kill her. They then promptly sell her to Pander.
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