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Commedia D’ell Arte. Examples of the Players. Arlecchino. a servant, one of the zanni . He is a poor peasant who has left his native Bergamo to seek his fortune in the city of Venice .

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Commedia D’ell Arte

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  • a servant, one of the zanni.

    • He is a poor peasant who has left his native Bergamo to seek his fortune in the city of Venice.

    • He is illiterate, a fact that often causes amusement when a message arrives and Arlecchino pretends to read it.

    • He is an acrobat and a clown, and carries a baton which he sometimes uses to bash other characters for comedic relief, leading to the modern term slapstick.

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  • a money-grabbing villain,

  • often a partner of Arlecchino.

  • He is a self-made man, who has become comfortably off despite humble beginnings.

  • He is sometimes the proprietor of the local tavern.

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  • Columbina (Columbine, Harlequine, Pierrette), is maidservant to the Innamorata and lover of Arlecchino. She is usually involved in intrigue and is rather intelligent. She is associated with Venice.

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  • Il Capitano (the Captain) is a cheap he-man soldier, but a coward underneath. He is often one of the vecchio.

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  • Il Dottore (the Doctor, usually called Dottore Balanzone or Dottore Graziano), is a local aristocrat, who went all the way to Bologna to read for his degree. He is extremely rich, with "old" money and is one of the vecchio. He adores food and good wines, thus he is a little round (fat).

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  • Pantalone (see (Pantaloon, Cassandro, Cassandrino, Facanappa) is a rich and miserly merchant who is frequently the father of one of the innamorati, and is one of the vecchio. He also employs Arlecchino and treats him cruelly. He is associated with Venice.

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  • Pedrolino (see (or Pierino, most commonly nowadays known as Pierrot, also Burrattino, Bertoldo, is a mild-mannered zanni. He tends to be so kindly that other characters blame him for things he never did, and he agrees that it was all his fault.

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  • Pulcinella (see is a hunchback who still chases women, and is one of the zanni. He was the model for Punch in the English puppet theatre Punch and Judy. He is associated with Naples.

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  • La Ruffiana (see (Old Woman) is usually a mother or gossipy townswoman who intrudes into the lives of the Lovers.

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  • Scaramuccia (see (see also Scaramouche) is a roguish adventurer and swordsman who replaced Il Capitano in later troupes. He is the servant to another character. He wears a black velvet mask and black trousers, shirt and hat.

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  • Zanni (see is a threadbare old servant from Bergamo. He is associated with Venice.