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Ch 5: Much Ado About Nothing Characters

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In the characters chapter of the ''Much Ado About Nothing'' Study Guide, you will take a close look at major and minor characters in this play. Lessons take as little as five minutes to complete and include self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam so you can measure how much you have learned as you prepare for an exam or catch up on topics you missed in class.

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Much Ado About Nothing characters for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Character analyses characters such as Beatrice and Benedick
  • An analysis of Don Pedro, Hero and Claudio
  • Specific traits of such characters as Leonato and Don John,
  • Analzing Margaret, Borachio and Conrad
  • The purpose of Dogberry, Verges, Ursula
  • Traits and quotes from Balthasar, Antonio, the Sexton and Friar Francis

18 Lessons in Chapter 5: Much Ado About Nothing Characters
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Much Ado About Nothing Character List & Flashcards

Much Ado About Nothing Character List & Flashcards

These flashcards introduce the major and minor characters in William Shakespeare's comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. While addressing important events or traits related to each character, this set also shows how the characters are connected to one another.

Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Description

2. Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Description

In this lesson we learn about the character Beatrice in Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing.' More specifically, we learn about her personality, loyalty to family, and romantic relationship.

Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Description

3. Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Description

In this lesson, we learn that Benedick is similar to the character Beatrice in ''Much Ado About Nothing''. Both have sharp tongues and quick wit. We also learn that Benedick overcomes his aversion to marriage and feels loyal to the one he loves most.

Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Description

4. Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Description

In this lesson, focus on Claudio's different character traits in ''Much Ado About Nothing'', and discuss how those traits affect the plot, as well as his interactions with other characters.

Hero in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Description

5. Hero in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Description

This lesson looks at the character of Hero in William Shakespeare's ''Much Ado About Nothing:'' her physical traits and dramatic function in the play, and ways her character can be understood in the context of mythology and Elizabethan society.

Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Personality

6. Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Personality

In this lesson we'll examine the character of Don Pedro's in Shakespeare's ''Much Ado About Nothing'': a selfless man and a facilitator of happiness for his friends, with a good sense of humor and a mischievous streak.

Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Traits

7. Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Traits

One of the first characters we meet in ''Much Ado About Nothing'' is Leonato. In this lesson, you'll learn more about Leonato's role in William's Shakespeare's tale and get a glimpse of his character.

Don John in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Traits & Analysis

8. Don John in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Traits & Analysis

Don John, the bastard brother of Don Pedro, exhibits a lot of negative attributes in Shakespeare's ''Much Ado About Nothing''. He is angry, spiteful, and jealous. His wealth allows him to compensate for short-comings, such as courage and wisdom.

Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Quotes

9. Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Quotes

Shakespeare breathes life into a number of his seemingly minor characters. Margaret, Hero's serving woman from ''Much Ado About Nothing,'' is just such a character. Rough around the edges yet instilled with incredible depth for a seemingly irrelevant character.

Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Confession

10. Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Confession

Borachio emerges as a villain in Shakespeare's ''Much Ado About Nothing.'' He acts in his own self-interest, and betrays those around him. But appearances can be deceiving. After Borachio is caught, he demonstrates some remorse and takes full responsibility for his actions.

Conrad in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Description

11. Conrad in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Description

In this lesson, you'll learn that like most literature, 'Much Ado About Nothing' has periphery characters. In this lesson, we'll focus on one periphery character in particular: Conrad, who is Don John's wicked sidekick.

Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Purpose

12. Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Purpose

The constable Dogberry in Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' is a caricature of the police force during the Renaissance. In this lesson, we'll analyze his character and discover his purpose and then you'll test your knowledge with a quiz.

Verges in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Quotes

13. Verges in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Quotes

The inclusion of Verges in Shakespeare's ''Much Ado About Nothing'' amounts to little more than role of sidekick. He follows Dogberry around everywhere. Verges does demonstrate competency and some leadership, indications that his character is not as shallow as he appears.

Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Quotes

14. Antonio in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Quotes

Antonio, brother of Leonato, assumes many roles in Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'. He provides his brother with information and advice. He protects his brother and he defends his niece's honor. He is a multi-faceted character.

Balthasar in Much Ado About Nothing

15. Balthasar in Much Ado About Nothing

Balthasar plays a small role in Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'. He does provide some entertainment and his song gives the reader a good indication of how gender roles were perceived. Balthasar's character also contributes to the theme of deception.

Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Quotes

16. Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Quotes

Ursula is Hero's personal attendant in 'Much Ado About Nothing,' and she plays a small but essential role in the play. We'll learn about Elizabethan attendants and analyze Ursula's character by studying quotes from her lines.

Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Role

17. Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis & Role

Summoned to perform a wedding. Present at an apparent death. The voice of reason and co-conspirator, Friar Francis plays a small but important part in Shakespeare's ''Much Ado About Nothing''. This lesson will look at the character of the holy man and his role in the play.

The Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing

18. The Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing

This lesson explains the character of the sexton, from William Shakespeare's ''Much Ado About Nothing'', in the context of Elizabethan society. We will also take a close look at the Sexton's role in Act 4, Scene 2, the only scene in which he appears.

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