• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Much Ado about Nothing. There are many different themes of this play such as love, marriage, deception, loyalty and conflict. These themes come out through the characters actions, and their words.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

My essay on 'Much Ado about Nothing' This is my essay on Much Ado about Nothing, a play written (1598?) by William Shakespeare. The main plot of this story is love and deception. In a small town in called Messina, in Sicily a soldier called Claudio falls in love with a lady called Hero, but he is to shy to approach her. Benedick tries to persuade him not to fall in love and that he should live a bachelor for the rest of his life like he will, but Claudio doesn't listen. So in a dance Don Pedro Woo's Hero for Claudio and she accept his proposal and then Hero and Claudio get engaged. In most love stories there is always someone who doesn't like it, and in this story the person that doesn't like it is Don John the bastard. So Don John the bastard tries to ruin the wedding, and he succeeds by accusing the bride to be, Hero, of sleeping with Barachio and stopping the marriage from happening, and Claudio believes this and tells Hero that she is a whore in the wedding ceremony as their walking up the isle. ...read more.

Middle

He also uses short, sharp abrupt phrases like "pause awhile..." Leonato builds up the feel of tension; panic and fear using double questions such as "what shall become of this? What will this do?" The most clearly shown mocking humour (to me) is "and I'll be sworn upon't that he loves her; for here's a paper written in his hand, a halting sonnet of his own pure brain fashioned to Beatrice". It is mocking humour because Claudio is teasing Benedick about how he feels for Beatrice, because he writ down a poem to Beatrice, which was badly written. Also mocking humour is shown when Hero is teasing Beatrice about writing a note saying that Beatrice is totally in love with Benedick."...Writ in my cousins' hand, stolen from her pocket containing her affection unto Benedick". Don Pedro is making fun of Benedick also shows mocking humour, "...You have such a February face..." This is referring to Benedick upset because he challenged Claudio to a duel. This play also has love and relationships such as; when Benedick is alone with Beatrice and Beatrice says "you have stayed me in a happy hour. ...read more.

Conclusion

If I was don Pedro I would be charming and calm towards everyone. Or if I was Claudio I would be in a happy and joyful mood, because I'm in love, and when after hearing that Hero is a whore, I would act angry and sad. If I was directing this I would make sure that the actors betray their emotions to the audience by making them put emotion and feeling behind the lines that their reading. In the first scenes I thought the best part was the dancing scene because the way that Beatrice was insulting Benedict in front of him, and she didn't know it was him because Benedick was wearing a mask. I found this scene funny and I understood it clearly. In the second scenes I thought the best part was when Claudio and Don Pedro tricked Benedict into making him realise that he loved Beatrice. Don Pedro and Claudio knew Benedict was there when they were saying that Beatrice loves him but she will not say it if u ask her. I found this scene funny, and I understood it clearly. That was my essay on 'Much Ado about nothing' written by William Shakespeare. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Much Ado About Nothing section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Much Ado About Nothing essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    An Exploration of the Theme of Love inMuch Ado About Nothing ...

    4 star(s)

    In my opinion, Shakespeare portrays Claudio as in love with the idea of being in love; he is presented as the stereotypical romantic lover and is in love with an image. In Act one, Scene one he has never even spoken to Hero, yet says 'That I love her, I feel (line 203)'

  2. In 'Much Ado About Nothing' deception

    Don John deceives everyone apart from his followers Borachio and Comrade who plot with him to destroy the marriage of Claudio and Hero. He uses deception for malevolent intention which have the worst consequences. He is the bastard child, illegitimate and so he would "...rather be a canker in a hedge, than a rose in his grace..."

  1. Explore the themes of deception in "Much Ado About Nothing". How are these themes ...

    In the play, it is sometimes difficult to differ and distinguish between good and bad deception. When Claudio announces his desire to woo Hero, the Prince woos her for Claudio at the masked ball. However, Claudio then begins to mistrust the Prince, thinking he has been deceived.

  2. Beatrice and Benedick. Their view about love about each other ...

    William Shakespeare use language to describe Beatrice felling, as shown ' Scotch jig, a measure, and a scotch jig, and full as fantastical ; the wedding mannerly modest as a measure, full of state and his bad leg, all into the clique- past faster until he digs into his grave'

  1. Discuss Shakespeare's presentation of Claudio and the intentions behind the main plot in Much ...

    The fact that we can deduce these facts from Claudio's language is an example of how language in general is used in Messina. It can display the character's characteristics without them realising what they are revealing about themselves. Dichotomised with his characteristics, Claudio's profile seems equally as dire.

  2. How would a contemporary audience of Much Ado About Nothing know that it was ...

    using different exits to make the physical comedy in a more entertaining manner. This would also make it more unpredictable. Another thing with this scene because we believe it is set outside due to Benedick saying, "bring it hither to me in the orchard," so it would be likely obstacles such as plants would be used onstage.

  1. "Discuss the themes of 'noting' and 'deception' in Much Ado About Nothing"

    Also, in Shakespeare's period, a 'thing' referred to a man's genitals, so therefore the word 'no-thing' may have been an Elizabethan euphemism for female genitalia. This might insinuate Shakespeare's love of using sexual innuendos to create double meanings, a means of deception and henceforth connecting to the title once again.

  2. The Importance of the Theme of Deception in "Much Ado About Nothing"

    capitalises upon their vulnerabilities- that they deny and hide from themselves but are apparent to their friends. Leonato argues that despite being "born to speak all mirth and no matter" Beatrice nonetheless shows a "little of the melancholy element in her" and has "often dreamt of unhappiness".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work