26 September, 2022

Detestable Literary Characters Who Are Not Technically Villains

Claudio (Much Ado About Nothing)

The bastard Don John lives to make trouble, so we expect no less from him, but it’s Claudio who makes us grind our teeth by humiliating his innocent bride at the altar (!) in front of everyone including her father (!!) because he is under the mistaken impressions that 1) virginity is tops and 2) Hero has given hers away. Even when he is told that his public accusation killed her, he shows little remorse—until later, when he finds out she never did give up her V-card. Whoops! Just because Hero forgives him doesn’t mean we should.

 

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