Much Ado About Nothing | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Professor Regina Buccola of Roosevelt University explains the main characters in William Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing.

Much Ado About Nothing | Characters

Character Description
Benedick Benedick is one of Don Pedro's soldiers and friends. He both despises and loves Beatrice. Read More
Beatrice Beatrice is Leonato's niece and Hero's cousin. She both despises and loves Benedick. Read More
Claudio Claudio is one of Don Pedro's best soldiers, as well as his best friend. He loves Hero, then forsakes her. Read More
Don Pedro Prince of Aragon, Don has just come back from battle with his battalion. Read More
Leonato The governor of Messina, Leonato is father to Hero and uncle to Beatrice. Read More
Don John Don John, the villain of the play, is the illegitimate half brother of Don Pedro. Read More
Hero Hero is Leonato's daughter, Beatrice's cousin, and Claudio's love interest. She is mistakenly thought to be unchaste. Read More
Antonio Antonio is Leonato's older brother and Hero's uncle.
Balthasar Balthasar is Don Pedro's servant who dances with Margaret at the ball.
Borachio Don John's friend Borachio comes up with the plan that ultimately separates Claudio and Hero.
Conrade Conrade is Don John's friend.
Dogberry Dogberry is Messina's dim-witted constable.
First watchman The first watchman reports to Dogberry.
Friar Francis The friar is supposed to marry Hero and Claudio. He has no doubt of Hero's innocence.
Margaret Margaret, one of Hero's gentlewomen, is unknowingly part of the plot to break up Hero and Claudio.
Messenger The messenger brings news of Don Pedro's imminent arrival.
Seacoal George Seacoal, who reports to Dogberry, is the leader of the prince's watch.
Second watchman The second watchman reports to Dogberry.
Sexton The sexton, who takes care of the local church, takes notes during Dogberry's interrogation of Conrade and Borachio.
Ursula Ursula is one of Hero's gentlewomen.
Verges Verges is Dogberry's second-in-command.
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