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Much ado about Nothing

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Much Ado About Nothing: - Essay Much Ado About Nothing is a play that focuses on the relationships between men and women. It is a Shakespearean comedy therefore the themes revolving around the play include struggle, love, deceit, mishaps and lies. In this play there are usually couples who end up enduring all the struggles and trickery and normally end up getting married at the end. The lovers in this play are Beatrice, Benedick, Hero, and Claudio. Shakespearean comedies normally involve a fool or someone silly and in this play there is a fool, Dogberry, even though he is a fool he is the most truthful character but unfortunately does not have the words to explain himself. The male characters in this play are very conscious about their respect and honour and how other people see them, this helps the play reflect Elizabethan values. On one hand you have Hero who is the ideal Elizabethan women; obedient, modest and quiet but on the other hand there is Beatrice, the complete opposite of what you would look for in an Elizabethan women, she is a challenging and up roaring character and is very against the stereotypes towards women at that time. ...read more.

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Borachio then comes up with a plan that will help Don John in making Don Pedro fail. They plot to make Hero look unfaithful so they can disgrace Don Pedro. In Act 3 Scene 2 Don John goes to Don Pedro and Claudio and admits to his past villainy and bids them to listen to him as he has cleared his ways. Don tells Claudio that Hero is unfaithful, "I came hither to tell you...The lady is disloyal" When Don John says this Claudio is surprised and asks if Don John is talking about Hero. "Leonato's Hero, your hero, everyman's hero" When Don John answers to the question he makes it seem very obvious that she is a 'strumpet'. Don John says that Claudio could still marry Hero tomorrow but it would be better for his honour if he changed his mind. "...then tomorrow wed her...better fit your honour to change your mind" Don John invites Claudio to see Hero for himself rather than standing there, he suggests that Claudio's honour is at stake so Claudio has no choice but to investigate. It was very easy to persuade Claudio to spy on Hero; firstly he listens to his elder peers before he makes a ...read more.

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Leonato is very distressed and uses an extended metaphor to describe what has happened to Hero "She has fallen into a pit of ink, that the wide sea hath too few drops to wipe clean again" He says that Hero's purity is stained so badly that the widest sea has too few drops to wipe her clean again. This shows the whole audience that Leonato does not know Hero at all because if he thinks that Hero could do all of those things he is not a very good father, and of all the men he has the least respect for Hero. In my point of view I think that Hero was treated very unfairly abut on the other hand, due to the circumstances and the fact that the play was set in Elizabethan times it was understandable that Leonato and Claudio insulted her. Don John was very clever in the way he used Persuasive techniques to turn Claudio and Leonato against Hero. Shakespeare wrote this play to teach his Elizabethan audience that their perspective about women may be wrong and that they should learn to trust the opposite sex. The Resource that I have used to help me with this essay is: - Much Ado About Nothing (Play) ?? ?? ?? ?? Reetica Sharma 10W ...read more.

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