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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Much Ado About Margaret

William Shakespeare created the character of Margaret, in Much Ado About Nothing, as a trusting, good-hearted waiting woman. But although her naivete is what allows Don John and his attendants to take advantage of her in their plan to separate Hero and her betrothed, Claudio, Margaret is also very opinionated, and is not afraid to let people know these beliefs. She does not value marriage to the same extent that the women around her do--and her opposition to marriage sets her in opposition to one of the major themes of the play, which is the *importance* of marriage. Although Margaret is simply a minor character, her skeptical attitude toward marriage, and the sense of strength and stability that accompany her (especially when compared with Don John's easily influenced male attendants), underscore the greater strength, intelligence, and stability Shakespeare assigns to all the play's female characters.

Presenter: Danielle Barthel (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 11:05 am (Session II)