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Analyse the Role of Key Characters and Their Development in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

In this worksheet, students will analyse the key characters in 'Much Ado About Nothing', considering Shakespeare's use of language, structure and dramatic devices and how the characters reflect the context in which the play was written.

'Analyse the Role of Key Characters and Their Development in 'Much Ado About Nothing'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   Eduqas, OCR, Pearson Edexcel, AQA,

Curriculum topic:   Shakespeare

Curriculum subtopic:   Much Ado About Nothing

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

How does Shakespeare present the characters in 'Much Ado About Nothing'?


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In the Literature exam, you may be asked to write about how a particular character is presented in an extract from 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

You will also need to know the play well enough to write about how a character is presented throughout the play as a whole.

To achieve a higher mark in the exam, you must also confidently analyse a character.

To do this try to:

- identify some of the key language, structural and dramatic devices used to present the character and consider their effects

- consider how each character reflects the historical context in which Shakespeare was writing


In this activity, we will practise analysing the characters in 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

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