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What have you learnt about attitudes in love and marriage in Shakespeare in your study of Much Ado About Nothing?

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Q) What have you learnt about attitudes in love and marriage in Shakespeare in your study of Much Ado About Nothing? A) Much Ado About Nothing -was written in the time of Elizabethan England. In this century, it is historical knowledge that shows us that male status, honour and power ruled over femininity. Women were in a patriarchal world and dominated over. Men married women so they could own them or otherwise seen as prostitutes to be owned. ...read more.

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It is the interaction of a serious plot and a comic one. Benedick and Beatrice joke more about marriage being for the "curst" and for the "cuckolds". Whilst Hero and Claudio try to obtain a normal relationship of the period - but ironically, theirs seems more "curst" than Beatrice's and Benedick's. This is evident towards the end of the play. Throughout the play from beginning to end the attitudes of love and courtship between the characters changes evidently with each act. ...read more.

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We are shown the despair and disgust of Claudio when Hero is accused of being with other men. "She's but the sign and semblance of honour" this is his rage against deception. The maid Margaret who is lower in her status as a gentlewoman is seen as a more bawdry and sexually explicit woman. In Shakespearian times, humour was often found in double meanings or sexual innuendos. An example of this is when Hero is talking to Margaret in her chamber. Hero: "My heart is exceeding heavy". Margaret: "Twill be heavier soon with the weight of a man". ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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