Claudio is a young gentleman of Vienna.
Being betrothed to Juliet and fully intending to marry her, though waiting for financial reasons, he sleeps with her and gets her pregnant. As a rule this would not be an issue, but with Angelo enforcing the laws he finds himself arrested and scheduled to have his head chopped off. He does not enjoy being made a public show, and finds himself talking too much when he has a chance to speak with someone. No matter how much he prepares himself for the idea of death and convinces himself that he is ready to die, he still finds himself deeply fearful at the concept and grasps at any straw that will allow him to live. He respects his sister Isabella’s abilities, and loves her though in the fear of death he is willing to trade her chastity for his life. He is an immature young man, though old enough that he is bearded.