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Much ado about nothing Analysis of act 4 scene 1.

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Much ado about nothing Analysis of act 4 scene 1 This scene is related to the play as a whole because we see both sides of most of the characters in this particular scene; * E.g. CLAUDIO is a young lord of Florence and one of don Pedro's close friends who falls in love with Hero but he changes his feelings when he falsely accuses her of infidelity * HERO is the daughter of leonato and she falls in love with Claudio and is to marry him but then she is suddenly accused of infidelity. She pretends to be dead until the truth about her character is revealed. ...read more.


We don't really see much change in don john in this scene. * DON PEDRO a prince of Arragon and a special soldier returns to his uncle in Messina. He helps his friend Claudio to woo hero, he also helps Beatrice and benedict to become closer. We don't really see a change in Don Pedro's character during this scene. * The two ladies who are used for this plot, which don john has planned are MARGARET and URSULA. These women also attend on Hero, but against her will Margaret pretends to be Hero and she kisses Conrade near her window, which is in full view of Claudio and Don Pedro. ...read more.


Friar Frances agrees with Beatrice, he says that when Claudio accused Hero, she was shocked and not red faced with hidden shame. Friar Frances comes up with an imaginative solution to Hero's problem, and he suggests that a public decree by published stating that Hero died exactly at the moment Claudio accused her, although she is still really alive. So the friar's plan is that once he learns that his love is dead he will change and be mourn and he will love her more than ever. Benedict agrees to fight with Don Pedro and Claudio over hero's honour. Just before this occurs Beatrice and benedict confess their love for each other however Beatrice will not marry benedict until the truth about Hero is learned. ...read more.

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