Study Guide

All's Well That Ends Well Characters

By William Shakespeare

Helen

Helen is the orphaned daughter of a famous doctor. In the play, she cures the king of France's...

Bertram

If All's Well That Ends Well is Shakespeare's sick twist on the classic fairy tale, then Bertram...

Paroles

Paroles is Bertram's BFF / wingman / gentleman servant… until a group of guys trick him...

The Countess of Roussillon

The countess is Bertram's mother and Helen's guardian (sort of like a foster mother). She's also...

The King of France

Fairy tales are chock full of what folklore scholar Donald Haase calls "helper kings." You know...

Lavatch (a.k.a. the Clown)

Lavatch is the countess's clown (a.k.a. licensed fool), which means he's sort of like a personal...

Diana Capilet

Diana is the young, virginal daughter of the widow. In the play, Bertram tries to seduce her, but...

Lafeu (a.k.a. Lafew in Some Editions of the Play)

Lafeu is a feisty old nobleman in the king of France's court. He's pretty chummy with both the...

The Widow

The widow is Diana's mom and boy, is she one tough cookie. She's savvy, gritty, and has a lot of...

Mariana

Mariana is the play's official nosy neighbor. She doesn't get much stage time in this play. In...

The First Lord Dumaine and the Second Lord Dumaine

These two brothers are lords in the king of France's court. In the play, they join the Florentine...