Much Ado About Nothing Act I, Scene 1 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

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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