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Much Ado about Nothing - Choose one of the main characters and examine what methods Shakespeare uses to reveal his/her personality and any changes he/she undergoes in the course of the play.

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Much Ado about Nothing Choose one of the main characters and examine what methods Shakespeare uses to reveal his/her personality and any changes he/she undergoes in the course of the play. The character I have decided to examine is Claudio. He is my favourite character through the play and there are many different parts to his personality. His character changes a couple of times during the play from being a so called 'love sick puppy' to a nasty enraged revenge plotting male and then back again. His character keeps you wondering what he is going to do next. Very unpredictable and easily led he makes an instinctive and exciting character to examine. Throughout this essay I will make references to Shakespeare's views and use quotes to back up my ideas. In addition to this I will give you a look into the background of his character. ...read more.

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Is it possible that he is already in love with Hero or has he got one eye on her inheritance? His next important line is 'my liking might too sudden seem' obviously Claudio has realised that it may seem a little strange that he has fallen in love with a potentially rich maid too quickly! Although this may be the case you have to remember that 'love at first sight' was a very popular idea in Shakespeare's time. Another part of his personality is his cynical suspicious outlook on life. When Don John tells him at the dance that Don Pedro 'woos for himself' he is too quick to doubt his close friend (Don Pedro). Also it shows us that he is too easily swayed and perhaps even gullible? At the news of Hero's disloyalty towards him Claudio quickly comes up with a plan to shame her on their wedding day. ...read more.

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I'm sure these are not the actions of a person that has just lost someone they cherished so dearly. When the truth does come out Claudio does show genuine signs of remorse. Even though this remorse is shown Claudio is obviously easily led and quick to believe and even quicker to plan revenge. Also a lot of his speeches seem to be what I would call 'cheesy' and pre-meditated. All of this makes you think that Claudio isn't what he seems. From the outside he looks like a very confident self-righteous man but I think at heart he is a little immature in how he handles difficult situations. He is a very complex character to understand and this all adds to his personality. Is he genuine? I'm no too sure! At first Claudio and Hero's partnership looks like the perfect match but from this I hope you have realised that nothing is ever perfect especially when plots are made to stop you. ...read more.

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