Much Ado About Nothing Quotes by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing Characters
Leonato Governor of Messina, a city in Renaissance Italy. Most of the play takes place in and around Leonato's home and estate. He is father to Hero, uncle and guardian to Beatrice, and host to Don Pedro and his entourage. Friendly and unsophisticated, influenced by appearances and opinions of others, Leonato is a unifying figure, linking the play's plot lines to one another from first scene to last. Hero Daughter of Leonato and Claudio's intended wife-to-be. Quiet, traditional, obedient, and naive, she becomes the unwitting victim of Don John's plot to cause mischief for Don Pedro and Claudio. Her loyalties shift easily: first willing to accept Don Pedro's apparent proposal, then readily shifting to Claudio.
Don Pedro is the Prince of Aragon. He has just won a war against his illegitimate half-brother Don John. Read more Don John is a bastard, in both the legal and ethical senses of the term. The essence of his character is that he is evil.
Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing characters are some of Shakespeare's best-loved comedy creations. Benedick: Young, funny and locked into a love-hate relationship with Beatrice. He has been away fighting under Don Pedro, and upon his return to Messina, he vows never to marry. This slowly changes throughout the play — by the time he agrees to kill Claudio at the request of Beatrice, we know that he is committed to her. His sharpest weapon is his wit, but he meets his match with Beatrice.
Take the Character List Quick Quiz. Themes Motifs Symbols Key Facts. She is generous and loving, but, like Benedick, continually mocks other people with elaborately tooled jokes and puns. She wages a war of wits against Benedick and often wins the battles. At the outset of the play, she appears content never to marry.
Meet the Cast - The Tempest. Our Female lead must deliver a well rounded character with honesty and intellect. She wages a war of wits against Benedick and often wins the battle. At the outset of the play, she appears content never to marry, however, she is in love with Benedick, just unwilling to admit it. Chemistry with the male lead in paramount.