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Protagonist: In this romantic comedy, there are three male protagonists and two female protagonists. The first of the men is Claudio. Claudio is a war hero and a romantic. Of all the returning soldiers, he is the most honored for bravery. He also falls in love with Hero at first sight. The second is Benedick. Also a war hero, he is most well known for his self-proclaimed bachelorhood. He is tricked into falling in love and giving up his much-touted single life. The third is Don Pedro. He is the only hero without a heroine.
Hero and Beatrice are the heroines. They are paired with Claudio and Benedick, respectively. Hero is sweet-tempered and demure. Beatrice is bold and fiery. They are total opposites in temperament, but the best and most loyal of friends.
Climax: The climax occurs in the church scene when Don John's plot succeeds, and Hero's wedding to Claudio is cancelled. Hero is disgraced and swoons. She is left for dead
Outcome: The play ends on a joyous note. The villainy is exposed, the perpetrators caught. Hero and Claudio wed. Beatrice and Benedick wed. All the characters celebrate and dance.