The Two Gentlemen of Verona play is set in both Verona and Milan in Italy. The action in the play shifts backward and forward between them, and in a forest near Mantua.
Date written: 1593
Genre classification: The Two Gentlemen of Verona is regarded as one of Shakespeare’s comedies
Main characters in The Two Gentlemen of Verona:
Valentine and Proteus: Two young gentlemen of Verona who are best friends, but love the same woman.
Silvia: Beloved of Valentine. She rebuffs the advances of Proteus.
Julia: Young woman who loves Proteus. She remains loyal to him even though he becomes infatuated with Silvia.
Duke of Milan: Father of Silvia. He attempts to force her to marry the vain Thurio.
Antonio: Father of Proteus.
Thurio: A foolish rival of Valentine.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona themes:
The themes are betrayal, forgiveness and appearance and reality.