Relatable Characters

Act 4, Scene 1 Characterization

Work Time

With a partner or a small group, discuss these questions about the dramatic action in act 4, scene 1, and add anything important to your Much Ado About Nothing Character Chart.

Be sure to write down your thoughts.

  • Why is Claudio so eager and willing to believe the worst, especially since this is the second time he’s been duped?
  • Why would Hero’s own father believe the falsehood?
  • Why would Claudio mortify Hero in front of everyone? What does this say about him?
  • How does this relate to the categories in The Good and the Badde ? Into what category would you put Hero? What category does Claudio think she belongs in?
  • How important is reputation? Has this importance changed since Shakespeare’s time?