Don Pedro is the Prince of Arragon and Don John's brother. At the start of the play he returns from the wars with Benedick and Claudio. When Claudio confesses that he is in love with Hero, Don Pedro offers to woo her for him at the masked ball. He remains true to his word, even though Claudio becomes suspicious.
He is involved in the tricking of Benedick with Leonato and Claudio. In the orchard scene he appears witty and light-hearted as he plays with words and sets up Benedick.
He supports Claudio in denouncing Hero at the wedding and later joins his friend to make amends by praying at her tomb.
|How is Don Pedro like this?||Evidence||Analysis|
|Confident||When Claudio seems shy about approaching Hero, Don Pedro steps in to woo her on his friend's behalf.||"Here, Claudio, I have wooed in thy name, and / fair Hero is won." (Act 2 Scene 1)||Don Pedro shows his confidence and also his trustworthiness in winning Hero's hand for Claudio.|
|Loyal||When Don John claims that he knows Hero is unfaithful, Don Pedro pledges his allegiance to Claudio.||"And, as I wooed for thee to obtain her, I will join with thee to disgrace her." (Act 3 Scene 3)||He swears to join Claudio in disgracing Hero if they discover she has been untruthful to him. This can be seen as loyalty and also as misguided. The men are prepared to put Hero down without asking for her side of the story.|
|Humble||Don Pedro joins Claudio to make amends at the end of the play and mourns with him publicly at Hero's tomb.||"The wolves have prey'd; and look, the gentle day, / Before the wheels of Phoebus, round about / Dapples the drowsy east with spots of grey." (Act 5 Scene 3)||He summarises the events of the play using the imagery of nature and myth. This seems to show a forgiving character, humble enough to give others a new chance.|