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

Much ado about nothing Act 4, Scene 1.

Extracts from this document...


Shakespeare Coursework Much ado about nothing Act 4, Scene 1 Act 4, scene 1 is an important scene in the play. In this scene we should see a happy event- the wedding between Claudio and Hero. However, we know that Don John has other plans. He has set up a fake apparition of Hero having sex with another man before the wedding night to anger Claudio, Benedick and Don Pedro, his half brother who he is rebelling against. This means that we are expecting Claudio to accuse Hero of being impure; having witnessed her losing her virginity before the weeding night. As the scene opens, Leonarto, the father of the bride, says, "Come. Friar Frances, be brief: only to the plain form of marriage, and you shall recount their particular duties afterwards" which shows that he is eager to get the wedding going and wants the event over and done with as quickly as possible. ...read more.


There is, however, a suggestion that he may have rehearsed his speech. The oxymoron used is not something you would just come out with in a speech. Unfortunately, Don Pedro backs him up in his speech. He clearly feels some blame for Claudio's situation because he was the man that introduced the couple and convinced Claudio that his future wife was pure and not tainted. As a result, we feel some understanding of his position after this fake apparition but it seems like they're all ganging up against Hero. As Hero is forced to hear what they say about her, Leonarto himself turns against Hero and says, " Death is the fairest cover for her shame that may be wished for." He sides with the men over his own daughter showing that he would rather lay trust in the prince and his men than in his own daughter, Hero. ...read more.


She cannot verbally or physically protect her, so she helps her recover. Her conversation with Benedick is in prose, which shows that there is not much time between what they say in the conversation. Their conversation reveals that they love each other deeply. It also reveals that Benedick searches for the truth but gets swayed by Beatrice to do her dirty work, and challenge Claudio to a duel, for love. At the end of the scene we, as the audience, respond very differently towards the main characters. We think well of Benedick because he searches for the truth instead of jumping to conclusions but feel disappointed in Claudio, Leonato and Don Pedro. They have jumped prematurely to conclusions with no evidence. This scene has proved that they can be very nasty people and Leonato disowns his own daughter when she is perfectly innocent. Charles Smart ...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. Marked by a teacher

    How Important to 'Much Ado About Nothing' is Act 3 Scene 4?

    3 star(s)

    It also offers much needed comic relief to the play. The dramatic importance of this scene is very high as the main female characters of the play, as mentioned before, portray their unstereotypical characteristics. Beatrice actually acknowledges the relationship of her and Benedick when she is teased by Margaret about him she refers to the plant 'benedictus, why benedictus?''

  2. Free essay

    WHat do the scences act 4 scene 1 and act 5 scene 4 tell ...

    Lastly, he mocks the Prince- 'get thee a wife': it was Don Pedro who at the beginning predicted that Benedick would one day fall in love.

  1. Act 4 Scene 1 is often considered a key scene in 'Much Ado About ...

    He has trust in the two princes and therefore does not think they would lie to him and so believes them. Leonato feels hurt and furious at what he has heard and in this line, speaks how he feels, "Hence from her, let her die".

  2. Much Ado About Nothing Act 4 Scene 1 - review

    wants revenge, against Claudio, however this is ironic, as the audience know that it is Don John that has committed the villainy. At first, Benedick believes this is the old Beatrice talking, in her usual jovial manner, as he replies "Ha!

  1. What is striking about Much Ado About Nothing is that it is written largely ...

    Borachio tells Don John that he is close to Margaret, one of Hero's servants. He thinks it would be easy to get Margaret to stand in front of the window in Hero's chamber and allow him to approach her. Don John likes the idea, realizing that if Claudio watches Borachio

  2. Discuss And Explain: In what ways could Act 4, Scene 1 be said to ...

    Shakespeare further illustrates Hero's pain and suffering reputation when then her father, (guardian) begins believing these false accusations. 'O fate, take not away thy heavy hand, Death is the fairest cover for her shame That may be wished for.' Don John gives the impression to be the single character in the play who doesn't divulge his other side.

  1. Consider the effectiveness of Act I, scene I as the opening scene of 'Much ...

    In contrast to the conventional lovers, we have 'Beatrice and Benedick' who are involved in a plot which thrives on the 'merry war of wit'. This wit would bring humour into the play and soften the effects of war and melt the constraints of convention and this would provide light hearted banter for the audience to be entertained by.

  2. Discuss And Explain: In what ways could Act 4, Scene 1 be said to ...

    Additionally the ferocious way in which both Claudio and Leonato reacted towards Hero would not be very shocking to Elizabethan audiences. The reason for this is if a girl behaved inappropriately and unacceptably or even accused of it, she would immediately lose all the respect.

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