From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

Dorcas

Character Analysis

Dorcas doesn’t have a major role in the play, but like the rest of the Bohemian festival-goers, she helps to inject Act 4 of the play with a spirited and comical atmosphere. Like Mopsa, Dorcas is a country bumpkin-ette who seems to have had (or is still having?) an affair with the Clown. In fact, Mopsa (the Clown’s current girlfriend) implies that Dorcas is carrying the Clown’s baby, which seems to makes Dorcas a part of a good old fashioned love triangle. Gee. This sure does sound like a hill-billy version of what Leontes suspects is happening between his pregnant wife and his BFF in Act 1. What’s that all about?

Advertisement