How is Hero presented in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing?

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Hero is quite the contrast to her cousin Beatrice. Hero is modest, sweet, and forgiving. She is never sharp-tongued like Beatrice and has fewer lines than the other lead characters. In fact, Hero has been criticized as too purely good and too one-dimensional to be very interesting. She is even kind about Don John, saying of him only that he has a "very melancholy disposition."

Hero and Claudio are the conventional romantic heroine and hero. In fact, for Claudio, it is a (very superficial) love at first sight:

In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever I looked on.

Benedick, however, is willing to point out that Hero is imperfect—though, of course, it is easier for Benedickto see her flaws, as he is not the one in love with her.

Hero is a classic "good daughter": very submissive and portrayed as so sensitive that people think she has died when she faints over Claudio's accusations. She certainly doesn't do a convincing job of defending herself against his verbal assault. She is, at...

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