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Much Ado About Nothing Character List & Flashcards

Much Ado About Nothing Character List & Flashcards
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Borachio
Helping Don John to trick Claudio into thinking Hero is unfaithful, he uses Margaret to make it appear that he is sleeping with Hero in her bedchamber. In the end, he confesses to spare Margaret.
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Don John
Bastard half-brother of Don Pedro, he revels in causing trouble for his brother, his brother's friends, and anyone with happiness. This is why he convinces Claudio that Hero cheated on him.
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Leonato
Father of Hero and uncle of Beatrice, he cares deeply for his family and participates in the plot to unite Beatrice and Benedick.
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Don Pedro
While remaining an unmarried prince and military leader, he helps his friends find happiness in love by wooing Hero for Claudio and plotting to get Beatrice and Benedick to fall in love.
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Hero
Leonato's daughter, she is called a whore on her wedding day by Claudio, her fiancé. She faints and pretends to be dead until her name is cleared.
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Claudio
Shy, but in love with Hero, he allows Don Pedro to win her for him. When Don John tells him she is unfaithful, he goes crazy and calls her a whore in church. Leonato brings them back together.
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Benedick
Equal to Beatrice in his aversion to marriage and biting wit, Don Pedro plots to make him think Beatrice is in love with him, causing him to fall for her.
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Beatrice
Orphaned niece of Leonato, she swears she will never get married and cultivates a sharp, biting wit to drive away potential suitors. Another character successfully plots to get her with Benedick.
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Flashcard Content Overview

While you may have read Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet, did you know William Shakespeare also wrote comedies? They tend to follow similar themes of people in love with those who don't love them, tricks to bring two people together, someone in disguise, and always a happy ending. Much Ado About Nothing provides a shining example of Shakespeare's comedy talents at its best. These flashcards will introduce you to all the players in a story where friends play matchmaker with a heavy dose of deception and love is nearly lost forever when villains start nasty rumors. This set of flashcards will provide a detailed study tool for exams or just whet your appetite to either read the play or attend a summer Shakespeare festival.

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Beatrice
Orphaned niece of Leonato, she swears she will never get married and cultivates a sharp, biting wit to drive away potential suitors. Another character successfully plots to get her with Benedick.
Benedick
Equal to Beatrice in his aversion to marriage and biting wit, Don Pedro plots to make him think Beatrice is in love with him, causing him to fall for her.
Claudio
Shy, but in love with Hero, he allows Don Pedro to win her for him. When Don John tells him she is unfaithful, he goes crazy and calls her a whore in church. Leonato brings them back together.
Hero
Leonato's daughter, she is called a whore on her wedding day by Claudio, her fiancé. She faints and pretends to be dead until her name is cleared.
Don Pedro
While remaining an unmarried prince and military leader, he helps his friends find happiness in love by wooing Hero for Claudio and plotting to get Beatrice and Benedick to fall in love.
Leonato
Father of Hero and uncle of Beatrice, he cares deeply for his family and participates in the plot to unite Beatrice and Benedick.
Don John
Bastard half-brother of Don Pedro, he revels in causing trouble for his brother, his brother's friends, and anyone with happiness. This is why he convinces Claudio that Hero cheated on him.
Borachio
Helping Don John to trick Claudio into thinking Hero is unfaithful, he uses Margaret to make it appear that he is sleeping with Hero in her bedchamber. In the end, he confesses to spare Margaret.
Dogberry
Delusional about the competency of his bumbling police, his buffoonery and misuse of words are humorous. However, he does uncover Borachio, Don John, and Conrad's plot to disgrace Hero.
Verges
Dogberry's elderly sidekick, he copies his master's incompetence. Secretly very capable, he often has to translate Dogberry's jumbled words.
Balthasar
Musician and artist, he provides social commentary during the play through a song revealing the double standards of male and female fidelity expectations.
Friar Francis
Believing Hero is innocent, he hatches the plot to pretend she died, rather than just fainted on her wedding day. This makes it possible to uncover the plot and restore her reputation.

The Watchmen of Messina

George Seacole, Francis Seacole, and Hugh Oatcake

Members of the city watch, they uncover Don John's deception and help convict the villains. However, they are anything but serious and dedicated to their police work.
Ursula
One of Hero's two attendants, she helps Hero trick Beatrice and Benedick to fall in love.
Margaret
One of Hero's two attendants, she is used by Borachio to make it appear that Hero is unfaithful to Claudio.
Conrad
Another of Don John's cronies, Borachio boasts to him of the plot against Hero and the money paid by Don John.
Antonio
Leonato's brother, the old man rages when Claudio insults Hero and attempts to fight him in a duel. Forgiving him later, he pretends to be the father of Hero who is in disguise.

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