Diana (Much Ado About Nothing)

By: Sage Martin & JT Pires

1. Allusion is a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing or idea of historical, cultural, literary or political significance. It does not describe in detail the person or thing to which it refers. It is just a passing comment and the writer expects the reader to possess enough knowledge to spot the allusion and grasp its importance in a text.


What do they look like? Diana often wears a short tunic and hunting boots. She is often portrayed holding a bow, and carrying a quiver on her shoulder, accompanied by a deer or hunting dogs.  

What is their power? Their purpose? The goddess of the hunt and moon and birthing, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the ability to talk and control animals.

What is their myth? She was bathing and a guy was watching her, she turned him into a deer and his dogs chased him to his death.

What symbols/rituals/festivals are associated with them? She is often associated with hunting dogs, bears, and deer. She is portrayed s a hunter. Her festivals are celebrated on August 13th.

3. Who alludes to them in MAAN? What is the importance of this?  Claudio tells Hero she thinks she is Diana in her orb but she is really hot blooded like Venus. Meaning Hero is thought to be a virgin and quiet but she is really mean and sneaky.

4. Why would Shakespeare choose to allude to your character? Because back in this time period being a virgin was important when you first got married and if you weren't bad things could happen.

5. EQ: How does the stories about your character relate to the theme of Conflict and Change in MAAN? The conflict in the story was Claudio thought Hero cheated on him and she was no longer a virgin. This lead to multiple problems but then she is compared to Diana and then Venus. Venus is someone who would cheat and not be a virgin, basically Hero is the Diana before and Venus after.

Work Cited:

- "Diana." Www.crystalinks.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 May 2015. <http://www.crystalinks.com/diana.html>.

-Myths about the Roman Goddess Diana. Linda Alchin, n.d. Web. 6 May 2015.


- The Roman Goddess Diana. Goddess Guide, n.d. Web. 6 May 2015.


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