Shakespeare Performed

The Action So Far

Work Time

What is happening so far in the play? You should be caught up through act 1, scene 3. Answer the following questions with the class.

  • By what qualities are the characters judging each other? What seems to be important to them?
  • How realistic are these values?
  • How are women seen in this act? Can you identify them from the profiles you saw in The Good and the Badde ?
  • By today’s standards, how would you judge each of the main characters? Would you have the same opinions that they do?
  • Note the final scene in act 1, where Don John shows how devious he is. Is this melodramatic or realistic?