Act I, Scene 1 Summary and Analysis
New Characters: Leonato: governor of Messina and father of Hero, a man of manners and hospitality, whose conventionality will be tested by the depth of his grief
Hero: Leonato's only child, a docile and conventional young woman, honored for her chastity
Beatrice: Leonato's spirited niece, gifted with a brilliant wit and interested in Benedick
Messenger: brings news of Prince Don Pedro's victory and approach to Messina
Don Pedro: prince of Aragon, who victoriously return from battle against his illegitimate brother for his throne; Leonato's guest during his stay in Messina and enjoys matchmaking
Claudio: young count, Don Pedro's courageous right-hand man,...
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