Much ado about nothing characters Act 1

Beatrice Niece of Leonato; hero’s cousin, quick witted, verbally adept, tells stories to amuse her friends, not afraid to make fun of herself, makes fun of Benedick, one of Shakespeare’s strongest female characters.
Benedick Soldier under Don Pedro, close friend of Don Pedro and Claudio, witty, fond of mocking other people, swears he will never marry, critical of women and does not trust them because of treating
Claudio Is a young soldier, won great acclaim fighting under Don Pedro, falls in love with Hero, he valiant, loving, gullible
Hero Leonato’s daughter, Beatrice’s cousin, lovely, gentle, and innocent
Don Pedro Noble man from Aragon, A.K.A “The Prince”, longtime friend of Leonato, close friend to Benedick and Claudio, generous, courteous, intelligent, and loving to his friends but quick to believe evil of others, hasty to take revenge, Most politicly and socially powerful character in the play
Leonato Governor of Messina, father of Hero and uncle of Beatrice, elderly, wealthy, respected, second in status to Don Pedro, the action of this play takes place at his home
Don John Don Pedro’s illegitimate, A.K.A “The Bastard”, he is melancholy and sullen by nature, creates a dark scheme to ruin the happiness of Hero and Claudio, Villain, envious of his brothers power and authority
Margaret Hero’s serving women, who unwittingly that she helped Borachio and Don John deceive Claudio into thinking that Hero is unfaithful, lower class honest, sometimes deals with the villainous world of Don John, Borachio’s lover, loves to break decorum, especially with bawdy jokes and teasing
Borachio Associate of Don John; Margaret’s lover, conspires with Don John to trick Claudio and Don Pedro into thinking that Hero is cheating; his name means drunkard in Italian
Conrad One of Don John’s INTIMATE associates; entirely devoted to Don John and his schemes
Dogberry Chief policeman, very sincere, takes his job seriously, bad with words, middle class, wants to speak properly but this creates parodies
Verges Deputy to Dogberry
Antonio Leonato’s elderly brother; uncle to Beatrice and Hero
Balthasar Leonato’s servant; musician; plays the lyre; flirts with Margaret at the masquerade ball; helps Leonato, Claudio, and Don Pedro to trick Benedick into falling in love with Beatrice; sings the song “Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more.” which encourages women to accept men’s infidelity as natural
Ursula waiting woman to Hero

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