• 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 Extract - 1st wedding

Extracts from this document...


This moment in MAAN by Shakespeare is dramatic because of the destruction of Claudio and Hero's newly-formed relationship. This first scene of Act 4 follows the scene where Don John informs Claudio of deception and announces the scene with Beatrice and Benedick's logical thinking. The wedding is important as it represents the obstacle which must be resolved by the end of the comedy. This scene is made captivating because of the continuous stream of questions and the dramatic irony used in this moment. Leonato and Hero constantly ask questions - almost everything they say is composed of interrogative statements - adding to the confusion. Leonato is first to ask a question "what do you mean, my Lord?" the use of "My Lord" shows a sign of respect - Leonato respects Claudio and indicates him as a person of importance. Both Leonato and Hero use words such as "my Lord" and "sweet prince" in order to convey the sense of respect - they want to understand what is going on, but also do not want to seem intrusive. ...read more.


This perplexity holds the audience - they are wanting to see what will happen next. The dramatic irony is questioned - did the affair truly happen? The scene did not occur in the play so the audience are left wondering, yearning to see what happens next. They wonder what Hero will do - being accused of such a drastic thing - as she has never been intrusive or spoken out for long. When she does though - yet another question - "and seem'd I ever otherwise to you?" the audience is still captivated to see how the other characters react - Hero speaking is not a common occurrence. However because Hero has used the word "seem'd" Claudio yet again accuses Hero based on her appearances. Claudio admits that Hero is "as Dian in her orb" - a seemingly modest, beautiful woman - but has come to an 'understanding' . She is "more intemperate in her blood..." "blood" suggests here that she cannot rid herself of this sin and that her sin will run in the family; that is, that all her family will have their honour ruined. ...read more.


The audience questions the characters and wonders whether the protagonists will be able to overcome this obstacle after the emotional vulnerable manner in which they have responded. However, the resolution of this obstacle is made even stronger as they later unite and overcome Don John's maliciousness together, creating a happy ending for this comedy. The beginning of Scene 1 in Act 4 is dramatic because of the dramatic irony used by Shakespeare in the way that the characters of Hero and Claudio constantly ask questions but ironic, because the audience already know the answer - building up their worry for hero, the questioning of whether the accused is guilty and distraught when Hero responds emotionally. This scene is used to present the dramatic obstacle needed to be overcome by the characters so they can finally unite at the end of this comical play - this scene is do dramatic, the audience can't help but wonder if the conventional comedy will veer off into the abyss of a tragic conclusion. Band 1 - confident understanding - carefully selected evidence - insightful, specific analysis - topic statements build on one another to create an overall sense of argument - connected meaningfully to the idea of genre and acknowledges the possible merging of the comic and tragic. ...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. Act 4 Scene 1 is often considered a key scene in 'Much Ado About ...

    Don John and maybe Claudio or Leonato because of the way they treat Hero. The role of conflict in the scene changes the mood of the whole play and it becomes a severe and wicked game of deceit and judgement.

  2. How in "Much Ado About Nothing" does Shakespeare create dramatic tension?

    Leonato's hastiness is partially the reason why he fails to hear what would spare Hero's humiliation, and thus becomes susceptible to Claudio's words of slander. Tension comes with this burning opportunity for the truth that Leonato blindly misses, giving the events at the wedding scene even more poignancy.

  1. Much Ado about Nothing Extract - 1st wedding

    The dramatic impact of appearances deceiving reality continues throughout the scene but also gives a war-like impression as having just returned from war before arriving in Messina, Claudio and Hero's relationship echoes a battlefield as Don John's simple deception threatens to destroy what they have.

  2. Much Ado About Nothing' was written in the years 1598-9 and was know for ...

    This shows that he has a good relationship with him. After we find out that Benedick has come back from a war we realise that he is a brave and heroic character. Beatrice is caustic and tells Benedick it is a good thing that he does not love any of

  1. Explain how watching the film 'Much Ado About Nothing' contributed to your understanding and ...

    The soldiers such as Benedick and Claudio in the film were dressed in indistinguishable uniforms of white shirts and blue trousers, indicating a solid acquaintance of harmony between them. On the other hand, the ruthless soldiers such as Borachio and Don John were wearing black trousers.

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

    Hero then orders Ursula to talk about Benedick as if he were madly in love with Beatrice. She agrees, and they wait until they see Beatrice hide herself in the orchard before walking towards the hiding spot. They arrive where Beatrice is hiding and Hero informs Ursula that Benedick is

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