Much Ado About Nothing Contrasting Characters

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Character Contrasts:

Beatrice and Hero: 

Beatrice 

  • Older, stronger woman
  • Fiercely independent doesn't need a man, her ideal man is a man that doesn't exist. “He who hath a beard is more than a youth and he who hath no beard is less than a man, and he who is more than a youth is not for me and he who is less than a man, I am not for him”
  • Ready to challenge attitudes of a male-dominated society. “I would not he should do me, lest I should prove the mother of fools ”
  • Not afraid to stand up to men “It’s a man’s office, but not yours” (to Benedick)
  • Has fewer family ties, in an unconventional character that is very strong minded.

Hero

  • Young, romantic, idealistic woman
  • Passive, patient. Ready to marry whoever her father wishes. As a young girl, she is ignored by Leonato, over Claudio, Don John, Don Pedro - 
  • She has very few lines, representing her role in society, she stands back as other debate and plan her future e.g. marriage, rebirth. “I

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chalkyt

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Again, fab set of Much Ado Character notes. I would emphasise however, that you could also try to draw comparisons between Don Jon (evil, manipulative, self-centred) and Don Pedro (caring, selfless etc..)

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Already commented, but here giving my recommendation to year 10/11 students studying this play.

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