Study Guide

Measure for Measure Characters

By William Shakespeare

Angelo

It doesn't take long for audiences to figure out that Angelo is the biggest hypocrite ever. An...

Isabella

The most important thing to know about Isabella is that she's a virgin and she plans on staying...

Duke Vincentio

The Duke is, well, the Duke of Vienna. At the play's beginning, he decides to fake a vacation...

Claudio

Claudio is the fornicating brother of Isabella. And, since fornication (you know, sex outside of...

Mistress Overdone

With a name like "Mistress Overdone," it's no surprise this character runs a brothel outside the...

Mariana

Mariana is the jilted ex-fiancé of Angelo (who dumped her after her dowry was lost when...

Lucio

Lucio is Claudio's zany, bachelor pal. Lucio has a wicked sense of humor, a big mouth, and a...

Barnardine

Barnardine is a drunken prisoner scheduled to be executed the same day as Claudio the fornicator....

Juliet

Juliet is Claudio's baby mama. In the play, her pregnancy is what tips off Angelo and the...