Character Analysis

Character Analysis

The Final Couplet Sonnet Share


Share your sonnet with your partner.

  • Do the last two lines give new insight into the meaning of the sonnet?
  • Talk with your partner about your understanding of what he or she is trying to say.
  • Does your partner need to work on any specific elements of this sonnet? This is your last chance to help each other out!

The Dialectical Journal

Work Time

The Dialectical Journal is a double-entry journal that will help you think more clearly about your chosen passages and help you remember what you read.

  • Create a Much Ado About Nothing Dialectical Journal in your Notebook, based on the sample.
  • As you read the play, look for passages that are of interest to you. What is beautiful? What is unclear or puzzling? What is interesting? What tells you about a character’s true intentions? Put these passages’ act, scene, and line numbers in the left-hand column.
  • As soon as you put a passage in the left-hand column, comment on that passage in the commentary space to the right of the passage. The types of comments may include questions regarding, or reactions to, plot, characterization, relationships, or setting.
  • You must have at least two entries per scene, but you should be able to find four or five passages per scene on which to comment.

Dialectical Journal, Act 1, Scene 1

Work Time

Since you finished act 1, scene 1 on your own in the previous task, complete your first entry in your Much Ado About Nothing Dialectical Journal now.

  • Find a passage from act 1, scene 1 that you find interesting, puzzling, beautiful, or unclear. Create a Dialectical Journal entry for this passage.

Open Notebook

When you’ve finished, discuss what you read with your partner. Then, when your class is ready, share these questions and ideas with everyone.

Character Chart, Scenes 2 and 3

Work Time

Immediately, we see that nothing is as it appears. The characters are misunderstanding and misrepresenting each other, which, of course, will cause untold mayhem until the end of the play.

  • Take the time to review your Character Chart and update any information that you deem to be relevant.

Iambic Pentameter or Prose?


Note that not all of act 1 is written in iambic pentameter. Which parts are in iambic pentameter, and which parts aren’t? Why might Shakespeare have used prose?

Keep in mind that “prose” refers to writing that does not follow a specific rhyming or rhythmic pattern. For example, this sentence (and all the ones that come before it) would be considered prose.

  • With a partner or in a small group, see if you can identify both where prose occurs and why you think Shakespeare might have decided to change his language.
  • Read the lines aloud if that will help you hear the differences in language better.

When you are ready, discuss your questions, observations, and theories with the class.

Dialectical Journal, Act 1, Scenes 2 and 3


Complete your Much Ado About Nothing Dialectical Journal entries for scenes 2 and 3. You will submit them during the next lesson.

  • As you go through these short scenes again, consider how these characters are judging each other.
  • What seems to be the determining factor in how one person views another?