Create a character matrix, whilst reading the play. This is easy to do using an Excel chart or a Word document: list each of the characters you are investigating in the columns and rows (x and y axis). For each character, have students write the nature of the relationship between the two characters, identifying the effect they have on one another. The matrix below has only seven of the main characters, however adding in others would add to the complexity and challenge of the activity. Another version of this task could be completing such a table for each act of the play to ensure student understanding of the play’s plot and characters.