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(Much Ado About Nothing) Remind Yourself Of Act 2, Scene 1, Consider The Effect The Scene Has In Terms Of The Dance Being Viewed As A Metaphor For Life Or As A Microcosm Of The Messina Society

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(Much Ado About Nothing) Remind Yourself Of Act 2, Scene 1, Consider The Effect The Scene Has In Terms Of The Dance Being Viewed As A Metaphor For Life Or As A Microcosm Of The Messina Society The dance in Act 2, Scene 1 is an important scene of the play, with the dominant themes of the play being present and also a scene in which the relationships between the characters develop, but it can also be seen as a microcosm of the Messina society. A key of theme throughout the play is deception, and this is present in the scene. The four men are masked in an attempt to hide their identity from the women, which adds to theme of deception throughout the play, but when the dance is viewed as a microcosm of the Messina society, this could be seen as Shakespeare being critical of the men presenting themselves falsely to woo the women, and how this could weaken the marriage between them. ...read more.

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We see an element of rebellion against the structure and practices of he Messina society by Hero, she says 'I may so when I please', her attempt to gain control of the situation. This is a very different character from the submissive Hero that the audience have seen in previous scenes, and the surprised reaction from the audience will mirror the reaction that the society will take from Hero's rebellious stance. This can also suggest that Shakespeare is commenting on the patriarchal marriage system, suggesting that the women have an unofficial power. The dance has a quick movement, with partners moving on, allowing the scene to be conducted with dramatic intensity, but also Showing the competition the men face in the Messina society to win the women's hand in marriage. The character of Don John also develops in the scene, Perhaps the most interesting couple in the dance are Beatrice and Benedick, with the scene being almost a metaphor for their relationship within the play. ...read more.

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The scene also functions as a catalyst in the development in the plot, when Don John comments on how he thinks Don Pedro cannot dance with Hero because is no equal for his birth, this allows Don John to develop as the 'bastard' son, but also shows that Don John can be considered an 'honest' villain as he is not afraid to present himself how he is. Don John's disagreement with a woman dancing with Don Pedro who is not his equal at birth, and also shows how quick the society is to criticise couples seen as an 'improper'. Throughout the dance scene, Shakespeare is critical of the inequalities and limitations of the patriarchal society. Overall the plot of Much Ado About Nothing concerns the dishonesties and failures present within relationships, and Shakespeare uses the dance scene as an indication of an outcome of the plot and a catalyst for the plot to develop. ...read more.

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