Antigonus Another lord of Sicilia. Archidamus is a Bohemian lord, part of Polixenes’s suite when the latter visits Sicily.

Florizel. Their most important role in the play is to fetch and deliver the oracle's message from Delphos. He dies, perhaps of grief, after his father wrongly imprisons his mother. CliffsNotes study guides are written by real teachers and professors, so no matter what you're studying, CliffsNotes can ease your homework headaches and help you score high on exams. He is gripped by jealous fantasies, which convince him that Polixenes has been having an affair with his wife, Hermione; his jealousy leads to the destruction of his family. The title may have been inspired by George Peele's play The Old Wives' Tale of 1590, in which a storyteller tells "a merry winter's tale" of a missing daughter. A Sicilian lord, he accompanies Cleomenes to Delphi.

A noblewoman of Sicily, she is fierce in her defense of Hermione's virtue, and unrelenting in her condemnation of Leontes after Hermione's death. As noted by Polixenes at the beginning of the play, Leontes has everything that love, loyalty, family and power can provide — until he is dominated by jealousy and tyranny. Her outstanding virtue is common sense, which Florizel needs from their union more than he ever seems to realize.

Antigonus, a Sicilian courtier. The Servant of the Old Shepherd is very enthusiastic about all comers to the feast, be they peddlers or dancers. One of Shakespeare’s final plays, The Winter’s Tale is a romantic comedy with elements of tragedy. Polixenes King of Bohemia and childhood friend of Leontes. The Second Servant is among those who try to restrain Paulina from bursting in on the King. The Winter's Tale study guide contains a biography of William Shakespeare, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

Camillo, a courtier, friend to Leontes and then to Polixenes. Antigonus is a lord at Leontes’s court. Shepherds and Shepherdesses come to the sheep-shearing festival, where they dance, listen to ballads, have a merry time – along with having their pockets picked.

Perdita, their daughter. He was very moved by the scene, and remembers some very specific details. MAMILLIUS, young Prince of Sicilia. Paulina, his wife and lady-in-waiting to Hermione. See below for a full list of all The Winter’s Tale characters: LEONTES, King of Sicilia.

He is also wise and skilled enough to reconcile the love between Polixenes and his son, Florizel, into a tapestry of reunion and reconciliation among all the surviving, original sufferers in the play. Without any environmental influence, she grows up with a quality of royalty being one of her most innate traits and with an uncanny resemblance to her mother in behavior as well as appearance.

Autolycus is a short rogue, formerly one of Florizel’s servants. He is married to Paulina, and has three daughters. An honest Sicilian nobleman, he refuses to follow Leontes's order to poison Polixenes, deciding instead to flee Sicily and enter the Bohemian King's service. The Officer is the highest official in Hermione’s trial other than the King, charged with reading the indictment and administering oaths, as well as reading the oracle. Dion is one of the Sicilian lords sent to Delphi to ask Apollo’s oracle for a verdict on Hermione’s case. She is an authoritative, upstanding, courageous and highly moral woman willing to risk her life for what she believes is right. Cleomines is one of the Sicilian lords sent to Delphi to ask Apollo’s oracle for a verdict on Hermione’s case. A Bear lives by the seacoast of Bohemia, and makes a meal of Antigonus. The First Lady is one of Hermione’s suite, and enjoys teasing Mamillius, though he claims she treats him too much like a baby. All rights reserved. After he has caused those most dear to him to die and disappear, he repents for sixteen years until he is ready to be offered a second chance for happiness. Unlike Leontes, Polixenes seeks advice at the time that he seeks facts, and although Polixenes ignores advice at the climax of his crisis, his wise choice of an adviser and his absence of tyranny eventually contribute to the concluding reconciliation at the end of the play. CAMILLO, ANTIGONUS, CLEOMENES, DION, Lords of Sicilia. He is gripped by jealous fantasies, which convince him that ... Hermione. The moody, precocious boy dies, presumably of a broken heart, before his mother's sexual fidelity and innocence is accepted by his father. Russian by birth, this character is an unbelievably pure combination of virtues, including a sufficiently patient optimism that sustains her through sixteen years while she hides and waits for the right moment to rejoin her repentant husband. Clown The son of the old shepherd also exists without a name. Much later in life, he sees his only son fall in love with a lowly Shepherd's daughter—who is, in fact, a Sicilian princess.

The Second Lady is one of Hermione’s suite.

Removing #book# The Winter’s Tale, play in five acts by William Shakespeare, written about 1609–11 and produced at the Globe Theatre in London. Winter's Tale (2014) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Because her father believes her to be illegitimate, she is abandoned as a baby on the coast of Bohemia, and brought up by a Shepherd. Hermione, Queen of Sicilia. Cleomenes and Dion Two more lords of Sicilia. For instance, no character is aware of any different treatment or attitude toward his "real" child and his "foster" child. Archidamus A lord of Bohemia who plays no further role after he has described the barrenness of Bohemia in the opening scene. The Old Shepherd is a Bohemian. Her hair is darker than the First Lady’s. The Winter's Tale.

The Shepherd's buffoonish son, and Perdita's adopted brother. She is also the agent of the (apparently) dead Queen's resurrection.


The King of Bohemia, and Leontes's boyhood friend. POLIXENES, King of Bohemia. We do not know what he is like in ordinary times, for he is struck by an almost insane fit of jealousy soon after the play begins. He is given the unfortunate task of abandoning the baby Perdita on the Bohemian coast. He seems to be the most influential lord in Leontes' court after Camillo leaves.

Mamillius prefers her to the First. When Leontes ends their friendship, Polixenes develops in a different and more wholesome way. The daughter of Leontes and Hermione. For instance, no character is aware of any different treatment or attitude toward his "real" child and his "foster" child. Mamillius is Leontes’s and Hermione’s son. Chorus The Chorus makes a mid-plot appearance in order to provide an exposition of the interim of sixteen years. Hermione Queen of Sicilia; the wife of Leontes. Please consider making a small donation to help keep this site free. PERDITA, Daughter to Leontes and Hermione.
At a young age, Mamillius is wrenched away from his mother and forbidden to see her again. A Gentleman Attendant [mute role] attends on Paulina when she visits the prison. Paulina is Antigonus’s wife. He deserves sympathy, however, for trying his best and for placing Perdita in the right place at the right time for both survival and a return to the life for which she was born. She never utters a sigh or a word of remonstrance about the loss of her children or her freedom after she forgives Leontes.

A lord of Sicilia, sent to Delphi to ask the Oracle about Hermione's guilt. Mamillius, their son. He cannot control his wife, Paulina, nor can he contrive a humane fate for the infant Perdita. A play called "The Winter's Tale" would immediately indicate to contemporary audiences that the work would present an "idle tale", an old wives' tale not intended to be realistic and offering the promise of a happy ending. About The Winter's Tale The Second Gentleman (Ruggiero) hears that the oracle has been fulfilled, but wants confirmation of the tale. A Mariner is captain of the ship that bears Antigonus and the baby to the shores of Bohemia. But he has his own personal crisis, which involves the perfidy of his son, Florizel. Perdita is Hermione’s and Leontes’s daughter, though she is unaware of this. But she is unarguably diligent and, therefore, she deserves her final reward of marriage to the good Camillo. A roguish peddler, vagabond, and pickpocket; he steals the Clown's purse and does a great deal of pilfering at the Shepherd's sheepshearing, but ends by assisting in Perdita and Florizel's escape.

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