Duke of Vienna (Friar
Duke decides to leave the running of his country to one of his citizens then disguises himself to see
the outcome.ï¿½ When one of his subjects is to be executed, the Duke dressed as a Friar decides to interfere.ï¿½
At the end of the play he decides to deal out justice to the subjects who have wronged.ï¿½
Angelo- he subject with whom the Duke
leaves the running of the country.ï¿½ While trying to follow all of the laws strictly, he lusts after
Isabella and in turn breaks the law himself.ï¿½ Because of his lust, he becomes wrapped up in the Duke's
plans and ends up sleeping with his ex-fiancï¿½e, Marianna.
Claudio- a man sentenced to death because he had sex with the woman he loved, Juliet.ï¿½ He wants his
sister, Isabella, to sleep with Angelo to pay for his freedom.ï¿½
Escalus- a judge who helps Angelo make the executive decisions while the Duke is away.
Isabella- the sister of Claudio who wants to become a
nun.ï¿½ She pleads with Angelo for her brother's life, but is appalled by the offer he makes her.ï¿½ She
gets wrapped up in the Duke's plan, and later has him propose to her.ï¿½
Mariane- the former fiancï¿½e of Angelo who he rejected because of a lost dowry.ï¿½ The Duke in disguise
has her sleep with him, pretending to be Isabella, in order to trap him into marriage.ï¿½
Barnadine- a prisoner with Claudio who is supposed to
executioner who has Pompey as an apprentice.
Lucio- a friend of Claudio who convinces Isabella to plead for him. He also offends the Duke by unknowingly
a friend of the Duke
the fiancï¿½e to Claudio.
Peter and Friar Thomas- men who help the Duke in his plans.ï¿½