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

Compare and contrast the romance of Hero and Claudio and Beatrice and Benedick.

Extracts from this document...


Compare and contrast the romance of Hero and Claudio and Beatrice and Benedick. In the play Much 'Ado' about nothing (Ado meaning fuss), relationship is the key subject throughout the play. As a comedy it is known in Shakespeare's time to have misunderstandings, confusion and end in a wedding. Much Ado does the exact of the conventions of a comedy, full of mixed up events and confused identity. Shakespeare has used Much Ado to show two different presentations of love via Claudio and Hero, and Beatrice and Benedick. There is evidently a contrast between the love of Claudio and Hero and Beatrice and Benedick, as there is in their characteristics and attributes. Claudio and Hero's relationship being simply conventional and apparent where as Beatrice and Benedick's based on their wit and deeper feelings. Claudio himself being respected by Messina, a traditional solider and a character in which talks in blank verse show us as an audience his importance in the play. A perfect match for Claudio would therefore be a character such as Hero. As she herself is a character well respected, modest, virtuous and talks in blank verse. It is important that we remember that in Shakespearean time, individuals of the same status would wed. This is why we conclude that Claudio and Hero's love is somewhat conventional. Benedick too is valued, however in contrast to Claudio, is not customary and tends to talk in prose rather than blank verse, showing his significance. Beatrice, having a reaction to by a Shakespearean audience, is the complete opposite of her cousin Hero. Women were supposed to be moral, quiet, submissive and modest, Beatrice is not this way. ...read more.


Naivety plays a big part in Claudio's character; Shakespeare uses this to show his deep love for Hero may not be love at all. 'Fare well therefore Hero' (Act 2 Scene 1), Claudio's gullibility has let Don John deceive him. His youth is shown because he is unable to think beyond what he is told. He is aware that Don John is a bastard and seeing that he is a Shakespearean character in his time he should be aware of Don John being melancholy and a villain. On many occasions Shakespeare uses Don John's character to show Claudio's true personality as adolescent and childish. Not learning his lesson from previous incidents Claudio does not fail to let Don John mislead him into believing that his wife to be is unfaithful. 'Why I should not marry her, tomorrow in the congregation where I should wed, there I will shame her' (Act 3 Scene 2) Claudio not thinking of Hero but himself worries about his honour and wants to shame Hero to justify himself. This is a conflict between appearances vs. reality, Claudio's love appeared to be great in reality it is fickle. His love is invalid and is now worth nothing linking back to the title Much Ado About Nothing. This is where we can contrast Claudio's character to that of Benedick. Shakespeare uses dramatic tension with Claudio's character and sarcasm, 'give me this maid' (Act 4 Scene 1) this would have had an effect on the Shakespearean audience and also on the character's in the play. It is considered moral for a woman to be pure, virtuous and innocent. ...read more.


We here see the position of women in Shakespeares society when Beatrice says 'if I were a man! I would eat his heart in the market place' (Act 4 Scene 1), this shows us that a woman was second class, a woman couldn't do what a man could. This is the point where Benedick put his love well above Claudio as he does anything for his devotee. 'Enough, I am engaged; I will challenge him. I will kiss your hand, and so leave you' (Act 4 Scene 1). Benedick wins our hearts in this scene, as he is thoughtful, kind, understanding and caring. Claudio wins Hero back when the truth is set free. Hero as a conventional woman, has no choice but to accept him 'when I lived I was your other wife, and when you loved, you were my other husband' us as a modern day audience would disagree with her action. From Shakespeares society, Claudio's naivety, Hero's obedience, it is clear to me that their love is based on appearance. Appearance of each other and to society, their love is superficial. In the entire play these two characters barely have a full conversation with each other-how could this be love? It is clearly to me that true love lives in the characters of Beatrice and Benedick. Though in denial at first, their veil eventually had been removed. Maybe Shakespeare was trying to teach people something-maybe it was that status doesn't always matter who knows. But from my observation I clearly believe that commitment and your true self is the key to a successful relationship! Not status and silent ness! By Leticia Powlett Hehhhhhiohhsaihdoihio Leticia Powlett English Coursework 10Ward 2 I Candidate No:0209 Miss.Kapidia ...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. Compare Shakespeare's Presentation of the Contrasting Relationships between Beatrice and Benedick and Claudio and ...

    The audience questions how deep Claudio's love for Hero is as he is quick to accept the deception and, even though it saddens him, he is quick to dismiss Hero and his feelings for her when he says, "Farewell therefore, Hero".

  2. Compare and contrast the characters of Benedick and Claudio in

    "CLAUDIO: 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, fashion'd to Beatrice. HERO: And here's another Writ in my cousin's hand, stolen from her pocket, containing her affection unto Benedick."

  1. Compare and contrast the way that Shakespeare presents love through the relationships of Benedick ...

    There is also an attraction towards Hero because of wealth, through Leonato. Claudio asks 'Hath Leonato any son' which suggests that it was important that Hero inherits a lot of money from her father. Appearance is therefore important to Claudio whereas appearance is not as important to Benedick.

  2. "Claudio's willingness to marry the 'sister' of Hero exposes the superficial nature of the ...

    society - the parties and revelry create an atmosphere of great celebrity, while slander and gossip carry the good humour. The masked ball in II:iiacts as a microcosm of the play in its entirety. Colourful masks the dancers wear symbolise the false faces that are put on in daily Messina

  1. Do you think that Beatrice and Benedick are well-matched? 'the two bears will not ...

    Neither is prepared to be outdone by the other, proving they are well-matched in terms of their verbal wit; 'so forcible' is their wit that they complement each other. Another example is the names used by Benedick to describe Beatrice ('Lady Disdain, Lady Tongue.')

  2. Explore and compare the romantic relationships in the play; Beatrice and Benedick, Claudio and ...

    In the beginning of the play, there is nothing short of obvious attraction between Beatrice and Benedick. It appears as though they are reluctant lovers cheated into a apprehensive relationship. In the opening act, they already argue as lovers as Benedick says the words Benedick: You are a rare parrot

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

    His willingness stems not only from his guilt about slandering an innocent woman but also from the fact that he may care more about rising in Leonato's favour than in marrying for love. In the end, deceit is neither purely positive nor purely negative: it is a means to an end.

  2. How does Shakespeare Present Beatrice and Benedick's relationship as the 'reality' of love and ...

    The theme of love also reveals the theme of gossip and deception as the characters overhear other characters in the play talking about them being in love. Through the theme of gossip, Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into believing that they both still love each other.

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