The Merry Wives of Windsor Characters

Characters Discussed (Great Characters in Literature)

Sir John Falstaff

Sir John Falstaff (FOHL-staf), the jovial, rotund friend of Prince Hal in Henry IV, who comes with his hangers-on to Windsor and amuses himself by wooing the respectable ladies of two merchants. Twice gulled by the “merry wives,” beaten and dumped into the Thames from a laundry basket, he tries a third time to succeed in his amorous designs and plans a rendezvous in the woods. He is discovered there by his friends wearing a buck’s head and lying face down for fear of the fairies and elves who have been pinching him. He accepts this last deception in good humor and confesses that he was rather dubious about the authenticity of the spirits who visited him.

Mistress Page

Mistress Page and

Mistress Ford

Mistress Ford, the brisk, practical ladies on whom Falstaff practices his romantic arts. Incensed as much by his identical letter to each of them as by his presumption in writing, they outwit the fat knight at every turn and firmly convince their husbands of their fidelity.

Thomas Page

Thomas Page, Mistress Page’s husband, a well-to-do burgher dwelling at Windsor. He trusts his wife’s ability to withstand Falstaff’s advances, although he follows his more suspicious friend Ford when he sets out to search for the knight at his own home. He disapproves of Fenton’s suit for his daughter’s hand, fearing the young man’s high social standing, and arranges Anne’s elopement with Slender. He is, however, quickly pacified when she announces her marriage to Fenton.

Ford

Ford, Page’s jealous friend. He disguises himself as Brook to ferret out Falstaff’s plans, and he instigates the searches...

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The Merry Wives of Windsor Character Analysis

Evans (Sir Hugh Evans)

A Welsh parson, Evans is, like Doctor Caius, a social outsider. But his place in the town's society is more secure: as the parson, he is also...

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Falstaff (Sir John Falstaff)

Falstaff is the play's central character. Falstaff also appears in Henry IV, Part One and Two, where he is the comic friend and...

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Fenton

A gentleman who has kept company with the Prince Hal of the Henry plays, Fenton is the man Anne Page actually marries. He makes few...

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Ford (Mistress Alice Ford)

Mistress Ford is the wife of the jealous Mister Ford and one of the two women Falstaff woos. Mistresses Ford and Page join forces to trick...

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Ford (Francis Ford)

The jealous husband of Mistress Ford, Mister Ford spends most of the play trying to catch Falstaff and his wife together. When Pistol tells...

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Host of the Garter Inn

The host acts as enabler and judge of a great deal of the activity around him. He also creates a good deal of purposeful disorder; Page...

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Other Characters

Bardolph
Bardolf is one of Falstaff s servants. Because Falstaff doesn't have enough money to pay for the needs of his followers...

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