Character Interpretation

Character Interpretation

Class Check-In


Before you continue reading, discuss the play so far as a class. Be sure to bring up any questions or points of confusion that you still have and see whether you can help clarify things for your classmates.

Here are some questions to get you started.

  • What changes do Don Pedro and Claudio say that they see in Benedick? What reasons for them do they, and Benedick, give?
  • What does Don John promise Claudio that he will see that evening outside Hero’s window?
  • What does Claudio say he will do if Don John is right?
  • What do you think will happen next?

Don John Analysis

Work Time

What do you think is wrong with Don John? Take a look at two excerpts from the two scenes that show the true feelings of Don John, from 1.3 and 2.2.

As you watch, consider these questions.

  • Why is Don John so set upon wrecking everyone else’s lives?
  • How might his background have contributed to who he is and what he does?
  • Why is he so unhappy?
  • Why is he so willing to ruin Claudio’s life?
  • Once you’ve watched these film clips, write down your thoughts.

Open Notebook

Don John, a Villain?

Work Time

What do we mean when we say that someone is a villain? With a partner, discuss what you think the requirements of a being a villain are.

  • When you’re watching a movie or a TV show, for example, what character traits might make you suspect someone will turn out to be a villain?
  • In Much Ado About Nothing , is Don John a villain? Can there really be a villain in a comedy?
  • Be sure to use quotes from the play to support your ideas, and don’t forget to record the act, scene, and line numbers.

Open Notebook

When you’ve finished, discuss your thoughts with the class.

Character Chart, Don John

Work Time

  • Now that you’ve learned more about Don John, add to your evaluation of his character in your Much Ado About Nothing Character Chart.


Work Time

A malapropism is an error that occurs when someone uses the wrong word because it sounds almost exactly like another word. Although the words sound similar, the meanings are usually completely different, creating a ridiculous effect.

In this next section of the play, you will meet Dogberry. Much of his humor is derived from malapropisms. In fact, sometimes malapropisms are also called Dogberryisms , since this character is so famous for them.

Read the list of malapropism examples. Have you ever made this kind of mistake yourself? Have you heard someone else make it?

Malapropisms Interpretation


Work with a partner.

  • Interpret the intended meanings of the malapropisms given to you.
  • Can you identify the mistakes in the malapropisms?

Act 3, Scene 3


Your teacher will introduce act 3, scene 3.

  • Read and annotate this scene, and complete your Much Ado About Nothing Dialectical Journal entries.
  • There will be much that is confusing in this section of the play. Make a list of questions and things that are confusing or problematic so you can go over it in class during the next lesson.

Your teacher will remind you about the performances and line memorization as well as your Prompt Book. Keep on top of this. If you have already chosen your lines, make sure to let your teacher know!