Study Guide

The Winter’s Tale Characters

By William Shakespeare

Leontes

Leontes is the King of Sicily. When he wrongfully suspects his pregnant wife, Hermione, is...

Hermione

Hermione, Queen of Sicily, is the lovely wife of King Leontes and the doting mother of Mamillius...

Mamillius

Mamillius is the precocious young Prince of Sicily and the son of Leontes and Hermione....

Perdita

Perdita’s story is the stuff fairy tales are made of. The beautiful daughter of King...

Florizel

The son of the Bohemian King Polixenes, Prince Florizel is the oh-so dreamy “Prince...

Polixenes

Polixenes is the King of Bohemia and Leontes’s childhood BFF. After vacationing at the...

Time

“Time” is a figure who appears on stage at the beginning of Act 4 to announce that...

Autolycus

Autolycus, whose name means “lone wolf,” is a con artist who roams around the...

Antigonus

Old Antigonus is a Lord at the Sicilian court and Paulina’s husband. Famously, he’s...

Old Shepherd

The Old Shepherd is Perdita’s adoptive father. After finding the abandoned baby and a...

The Clown

The Clown is the country bumpkin son of the Old Shepherd. He’s not very bright (he’s...

Mopsa

Mopsa is the Clown’s country bumpkin girlfriend. At the sheep-shearing festival, she...

Dorcas

Dorcas doesn’t have a major role in the play, but like the rest of the Bohemian...

Camillo

Camillo is a Sicilian Lord. He’s the trusted friend of Leontes until the jealous king asks...

Cleomenes and Dion

Cleomenes and Dion are two Sicilian Lords. Leontes sends them to “Delphos” to consult...

The Mariner

The Mariner is the guy who accompanies Antigonus to Bohemia (somebody’s got to sail the...

Emilia

Emilia is a lady in waiting to Hermione. She accompanies Hermione to prison when Leontes throws...

Archidamus

Archidamus is a Bohemian Lord. He’s the guy who chats it up with Camillo in the...

Paulina

Antigonus's wife, Hermione's gal pal, and all-around tough-as-nails chick, Paulina takes no...