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Literature Coursework: Set Text WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: Much Ado About Nothing Re-read in Act 5 Scene 1, from 'Don Pedro: Good den, good den' to 'Antonio: And shall, or some of us will smart for it.' What does Shakespeare make you feel about Leonato at this point in the play? From Act 5 Scene I, Shakespeare uses various methods to help us form an image of Leonato up to this point. Throughout the text of the play, up until now, it was clear that Leonato was one who cared about what others thought of him. This was clearly shown as he dismissed Hero - he was ashamed of having a disgraceful daughter. But, as we enter Act5 Scene I, Leonato is now trying to prove his daughter's innocence. ...read more.


Lines 58 through 71 show us how Leonato is able to put on an act and what he is willing to give for his daughter. However, his actions give the audience a mixed impression of Leonato. For at first, Leonato himself despised Hero and now, he says, "Thou hast wronged mine innocent child" to make it seem as if he had never doubted Hero from the start. "Lies buried with her ancestors... in a tomb where scandal never slept" once again reinforces the innocence of Hero, despite what he had said earlier on. The powerful and emotive language, of which often refers to suffering and death helps to convey the strength of each character's emotions. ...read more.


Leonato feels as if this is his battle for when Antonio is outraged and challenges them, Leonato restates "brother" in order to prevent Antonio from carrying on. The reader is then able to see how it was not supposed to go this far. Also, if Antonio fought for Hero, it would look bad on Leonato's side as Antonio is more determined to help her rather than Leonato is willing. This is significant as Leonato cares deeply for what people think of him. Overall, the reader will be left confused by Leonato as his actions and words regularly contradict one another. One moment, he's ashamed by Hero and the next, he challenges Claudio to a duel to prove her innocence. But one thing for sure is how others view Leonato weighs heavily on his conscience. ?? ?? ?? ?? Word Count: 518 Katherine Wang ...read more.

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