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

Analysis of Shakespeare's presentation of Act 1 and how these foundations are used in the development of the rest of the play.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Analysis of Shakespeare's presentation of Act 1 and how these foundations are used in the development of the rest of the play. The setting for the play is jovial and it appears to be a beautiful haven. The four characters are in an orchard, which Shakespeare has used as a device to suggest symbols of nature, beauty, procreation, marriage and abundance. There is also the description of honey suckle, often associated with perfume, romance and sensuality. All of these images are used by Shakespeare to give a basis for the themes and intentions that are going to be introduced in the rest of the play. However, the orchard could also be used by Shakespeare as a vehicle of association with the Garden of Eden along with which follows the idea of the serpent brought to destroy and destruct reminding the audience that all is not as it seems. Scene one is set in the house of Leonato suggests to the audience that this must be the focal point of play and that Leonato is a momentous figure, as well as wealthy and of high social order. Shakespeare employs the device of a letter to introduce the characters in an interesting way and provide background information, bringing the play to a speedy start. ...read more.

Middle

Shakespeare also uses their argument as a vehicle to reveal similarities between their characters that make their future relationship even more entertaining for the audience; Benedick's 'hard heart' and similarly Beatrice's 'cold blood' both insinuate that they both have no desire for love. Ironically, they may be more suited to each other than they think. Following the end of Beatrice and Benedick's quarrel Don Pedro announces that Leonato had invited them to say with him for as long as they wish. This emphasises the good feelings in the house and shows the Christian virtue of hospitality and carries on the religious imagery. To contrast Leonato's good virtues, Shakespeare introduces the character of Don John. His character would already be suspicious as 'the bastard' who would stereotypically be twisted and jealous of the lack of power and responsibility he would have in comparison to his brother the Prince. Shakespeare keeps his introduction completely separate to the rest of the characters confirming how he is different. His introduction is also used as a device by Shakespeare to shed light on his shady character revealing how he and his brother have just "reconciled". Shakespeare clears the stage giving the audience a chance to learn more about "Brave young Claudio". ...read more.

Conclusion

Don John's entrance also affects Claudio as Shakespeare uses it to outline his inexperience in love. The high lights of this point are the plans of Claudio to "shame" Hero at their wedding. Shakespeare employs this device not only to show Claudio's immaturity, but to also outline the weakness in their relationship and his character. If he had really loved and trusted her as a person, he would not of judged her completely on the word of a man regarding her sexual decency. It is only when the time comes for the three to repent that Shakespeare separates the three, Claudio and Don Pedro ask for forgiveness and Don John does not. The Christian virtues are maintained and they are forgiven, whereas, Don John is to be punished, showing that those who do good will be rewarded and the "serpent" will be admonished. In conclusion, I believe that Shakespeare opens the play with great success as he uses it to introduce characters in an appealing way and provide their background information making each character entertaining. It also provides a preliminary look into how the characters may turn out, along with gripping dilemmas and keeping the audience intrigued. These dilemmas are the foundation for all of the engaging twists in the rest of the play and the breaking and formation of relationships. 1 Nadine Young ...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. With close reference to Act 2 scene 1 and in relation to the rest ...

    They continuously banter each other with dry wit and are equally against the idea of marriage and love, for different reasons however the other main couple would be the friend of the Prince Don Pedro, a successful young soldier and Hero the daughter of Leonato, a well-respected Governor of Messina.

  2. How does Shakespeare reveal Claudio's character to the audience through his use of language ...

    I think Claudio is being silly and that he shouldn't be jealous because he doesn't even know if what he has heard is true. He knows that Don John is not trustworthy but he still believed it think that he should at least say what he thinks so he can be put straight.

  1. Describe and discuss Shakespeare's presentation of the code of values in Messina

    The masking of Hero and the other women reveals that the social institution of marriage has little to do with love. When Claudio flounders and asks, "Which is the lady I must seize upon?" he is ready and willing to commit the rest of his life to one of a group of unknowns.

  2. Explore How Shakespeare Constructs Act 1 And How He Develops It Later On In ...

    Here we immediately of the social hierarchy of Shakespeare time. "Few of any sort, none of name" indicates to us that the men lost in the war weren't those of any significance as they weren't any lords or governors etc.

  1. The Garden of Good and Evil

    stole away and hid itself among thos shapeless half ideas which throng the dim region..." (p. 1759) Beatrice asks Giovanni to avoid all notions of her character which he has already formed, and only to believe the words that come from her mouth, straight from her heart, as the only truth to be believed.

  2. Compare the presentation of the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice with the presentation of ...

    Benedick and Beatrice seem compatible from the start - they are both witty and intelligent and tend to do their bickering in public as if to entertain the people. Their senses of humour are similar. We know that Beatrice is interested in Benedick because she asks about him often, she

  1. Examine how Shakespeare presents the relationship of Beatrice and Benedick in comparison to his ...

    words" This metaphor used effectively by Don Pedro after learning about Claudio's feelings, supports Claudio's role as the conventional lover and the modern phrase "playing it by the book" might offer an accurate interpretation. Claudio conforms to Elizabethan conventions when he allows Don Pedro to woo Hero for him.

  2. With close reference to Act 2 scene 1 and in relation to the rest ...

    Hero and Claudio, they only know each other from appearances and know nothing about each others character at all what so ever. The reasons for the difference in these relationships could perhaps stem from the roles that the women take on, Hero the conventional woman obeys her father and fianc�,

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