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How does Shakespeare reveal Claudio's character to the audience through his use of language and the structure of the play? Does Claudio get what he deserves at the end of the play?

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Much Ado About Nothing How does Shakespeare reveal Claudio's character to the audience through his use of language and the structure of the play? Does Claudio get what he deserves at the end of the play? In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Claudio seems, at the beginning of the play to be very brave after being victorious in a battle. This is show by how the messenger introduces him 'Doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion' This also makes him seem very young and shy. In this play Shakespeare uses many different structures to reveal Claudio's character; he also uses his language to help the audience to understand what Claudio is really like. Claudio is a man who falls in love with a female named Hero who instantly wants to marry. Claudio doesn't realise he is being deceived as some people don't want the wedding to go ahead until the truth is uncovered. Claudio is very close friends with Benedick; this is portrayed in the first scene. Claudio is also great friends with Don Pedro, prince of Arragon but doesn't get on at all with Don John, Don Pedro's illegitimate brother, who is extremely jealous of Claudio for what he has. During Act 1 Scene Claudio is asking what Benedick thinks of Hero as he just set his eyes upon her and thinks that he loves her. ...read more.

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During Act 3 Scene 2 Don Pedro and Claudio are both being conned by Don John's slander of Hero. Claudio isn't thinking about what other people think anymore he is constantly just thinking about him self, he has decide he will not love Hero anymore and defiantly not marry her. His view toward love and marriage are very strong but they are all bad. His doesn't care for anyone else for the complications he is causing by doing what he is doing. Don John is trying to perused Claudio and Don Pedro that something is wrong by using different ways of putting things. 'Even she- Leonato's Hero, your Hero, every man's Hero' this is used to persuade Claudio and Don Pedro that Hero is being disloyal, this is a rhetorical device. Every time Hero's name is repeated it creates more focus onto what is happening and Don John's accusations. Claudio is using short questions as he is unsure about the truth 'Who, Hero?' When he uses these it shows us that he is shocked by the accusation. Seeing Claudio believe something twice show that he bevies what ever he hears without questioning it. In the scene dramatic irony is used as only Brachio and the audience knows of Don John's slanders of Hero and Don Pedro and Claudio do not. ...read more.

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Claudio is worried about his future and what his wife is going to look like. When Claudio says 'Which is the lady I must seize upon' this show that Claudio feels as if he has to marry as it is payment for he did to Hero so he aggress to marry, forgetting about Hero. This shows us that he doesn't care about feelings and the audience feel he is not as wise and they would have hoped. At the end of the play Claudio is married to his new wife and discovers that it is Hero and Benedick and Beatrice are also married that day. Don't think Claudio deserved to marry Hero as when he had thought she had done wrong he didn't feel as if he loved her at all, his love for Hero doesn't seem to be there all the time it is only when he wants to be in love. I think Claudio didn't seem to be worried much about getting married to another woman and he didn't even think of Hero in this, neither did he have the dignity to admit he had done wrong when he found out that Hero was innocent. Despite this I do think it was right for this to happen as Claudio should have learned a valid lesson and will not get into that type of trouble. Alice Savage MS10 Page 1. ...read more.

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