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Much Ado About Nothing -Essay Much ado about nothing is a romantic comedy. The title means lot of fuss about nothing. William Shakespeare was being ironic because in the end everything was sorted out, in a sense everything was sorted out, but in some ways it was all about words spoiling someone's reputation. The main characters are Hero the daughter of Leonarto, Beatrice, Antonio, Don Pedro, Don John (John the bastard) Fryer Francis, Margaret, Ursula. Leonarto is the governor of Messina. He has a niece called Beatrice who likes to get her own way. The play is set in Messina, Italy. This contrast establishes an atmosphere of love and romance. The characters are of a high status especially if their men. The daughters and most of the women are a piece of property and therefore virginity and purity are much prised. Any women found having sex before marriage would be classed as a whore and would be punished. In this play there is a poem at the beginning at the beginning, middle, and end of the play. ...read more.


It doesn't work so they go straight to Hero and she says yes. After the friar has said all that he says, "If either of you know any inward impediment why you should not be conjoined utter it." Claudio says know any hero." This is like he wants her to say that she is no longer a maid. Even if it were true she wouldn't say it in front of everyone she would have said it in private. He thinks by saying this she is being un-loyal and keeping secret from him. All the way through the conversation between Hero and Claudio after everything she says "my lord." This shows respect to Claudio and everyone around. Even when he calls her and approved wanton and a whore she still stays the same. In this scene there is a lot of arguing and a lot of things are said. The friar comes up with a plan that will shock everyone. But the plan works and everyone thinks that hero's dead. There was only one person in this scene that believed hero and that was Beatrice. ...read more.


Tomorrow morning come to my house and since you could not be my son-in-law be yet my nephew." This shows that there are no hard feelings between them. They go that night and the epitaph say's: Done to Death by slanderous tongues, Was the Hero that here lies; Death in guerdon of her wrongs, Gives her fame which never dies, So the life that died with shame Lives in Death with glorious fame. Hang thou there up on the tomb Praising her when I am Dumb. When that was finished there was song this was about how hero died being innocent and died from people lying about something she never dreamed about doing. When Claudio goes the next day to marry Antonio's daughter he is ready, "for this I owe you: here comes other reckonings, which is the lady I must seize upon". This shows that no matter whom he has to marry he will for the sake of hero and goes on with the wedding. Even though he wants to see the face of the bride she wont let him until the wedding has finished. He is shocked to find out that the bride is hero and doesn't know what to say. ...read more.

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