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"Much Ado About Nothing" - Shakespeare
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"Much Ado About Nothing" Essay
Hero, the bride, is portrayed by Shakespeare as an innocent lady who can not stand up for herself, the modern day audience may see her as a woman with no self-dignity. She is very frantic when accused of infidelity, she simply faints and "plays dead" until the lies are put right. Hero is the complete opposite to her cousin, Beatrice.
Claudio is presented to be transparent in his love for Hero during this scene; Claudio unambiguously wages the attack upon his future wife without knowing, in detail, what actually happened. In truth, Claudio actually starts the humiliation by saying "No." when the Friar asks if he is here "to marry this lady," which starts the scathing attack.
Leonato has also been shown in a similar way to Claudio in this seen. The audience see Leonato to be the worst out of him and Claudio, due to Hero being his daughter and Leonato, quite disgustingly, openly attacks hero, mentally and almost physically. To begin with, he tries to play with the words said by Claudio, when this fails he starts to attack.
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