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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing (a Later Festive Comedy)

In Messina, the governor Leonato, his daughter Hero, and her cousin Beatrice (Antonio's daughter) learn from a messenger that Don Pedro has won victory in a battle and is returning home. He arrives with Claudio, Benedick, and Pedro's bastard brother, Don John. Claudio falls in love with Hero at first sight. Benedick and Beatrice chide one another and trade witticisms. In private, Claudio tells Benedick of his love, but Benedick only teases him. Don Pedro, however, vows to help Claudio by disguising himself as Claudio and making advances to Hero. Leonato's brother Antonio overhears Don Pedro and Claudio's conversation, but believes Don Pedro is in love with Hero, rather than Claudio. Informing Leonato of this, both rejoice at prince Don Pedro's supposed intentions and plan to tell Hero. Don John's servant Conrade informs Don John of Claudio and Pedro's plans to woo Hero for Claudio, but John, who enjoys being grouchy and spreading gloom, plans to attempt to foil the plans.

At dinner, while discussing husbands, Beatrice vows to never marry, echoing Benedick's earlier vow. The men arrive in masks: Don Pedro and Hero dance; Benedick and Beatrice dance, and she makes fun of Benedick in general, possibly not knowing she is in fact dancing with him. Don John appears to Claudio, who identifies himself as Benedick, even though Don John knows he's Claudio. Don John tells him Don Pedro is actually in love with Hero, causing Claudio to become depressed. Benedick carries the ruse further, depressing him more. To his relief, though, Don Pedro unites Hero and Claudio in future marriage. Further, Don Pedro plans to convince Beatrice and Benedick to marry one another, even though both has vowed to never marry. Soon, Don John learns of Claudio's engagement to Hero. Still hoping to foil their marriage, he and his servant Borachio plan to brand Hero as a prostitute and thus compromise the marriage. In the orchard/garden, Don Pedro, Leonato, and Claudio discuss Beatrice's "love" for Benedick. Although Benedick is hiding, they know he is there and lead him to believe she loves him; Benedick takes the bait.

Similarly, Hero and her servant Ursula Discuss how Benedick is "in love" with Beatrice, while Beatrice herself hides in the trees and listens; she too takes the bait. Separately, Don Pedro and Claudio tease Benedick for being quiet. Don John appears and tells Pedro and Claudio that Hero is a whore/prostitute and will give proof of it the evening before the wedding. At nightfall, Dogberry and Verges instruct the night watch to watch over the city. In hiding, they hear Borachio (drunk) tell Conrade how he heath let Margaret woo him from Hero's bedroom, and thus deceive Don Pedro and Claudio into believing Hero is a whore. The next day, at the wedding, Claudio plans to denounce Hero and will not marry her. The watch arrests Borachio and Conrade, then Dogberry and Verges come to Leonato to tell him of the arrest, though he impatiently shrugs them off.

At the wedding, Claudio and Don Pedro accuse Hero of being a whore. Leonato vows to determine if the accusations are true. Further, the Friar suggest they pretend that Hero has died from the accusation, so that if a lie is being propagated, the source may admit the lie out of remorse. Privately, Benedick and Beatrice profess their love for one another. She asks him to prove his love by killing Claudio for wronging Hero. In prison, Dogberry interrogates Borachio and Conrade; the Sexton (recorder) plans to tell Leonato of their crimes.

In a courtyard, Benedick charges Claudio to a duel. Before this can occur, Dogberry brings Borachio who admits of his wrongdoings to slander Hero. Leonato, still dissembling that Hero is dead, instructs Claudio to come to his house in the morning, so that he can marry a "cousin" of Hero, who is nearly identical to her (and actually is her). Beatrice and Benedick continue to fall in love. At the tomb, Claudio delivers and epitaph to Hero. Then, in the morning, Benedick asks Leonato for Beatrice's hand in marriage. Further, Hero and Claudio are again engaged to be married. Lastly, it is reported that Don John has been arrested for his deceit and will be punished.

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Margaret and Borachio, are you completely sure?

In the plot Don John and borachio, do a mischievous plan in order to deceive claudio and the prince that margaret was unfaithful. The plan is that boraccio will hook up with margaret at heros room so that claudio witness it at the window, believing it is hero and borachio. But, how can we be completely sure, what gives us the certainty that it wasnt margaret and it was actually hero that hooked up with boraccio. Shakespeare let us witness the scene from the outside POV, he never gives us a Omniscent POV on all of his universe. Have you ever heard about those stories that actually happen that the lady of the house has a sexual encounter with a servant? Im still not sure how was exactly the boraccio-Don John relationship, was don john the master and boraccio the servant? What about margaret and hero? Margaret was supposed to be her "waiting lady" (im not sure what that is, explain please). Why didnt hero appeal herself against the accusations at her wedding? Okay, maybe because she was a naive youth and dependend upon others. But if she had a close relationship with margaret, why didnt margaret tell her anything. Okay, Lets say it was margaret whom actually hooked up with boraccio (as we all thing it is) lets say she didnt tell her anything because margaret is evidently sexually experienced and hero is not. So in that naivete that hero has, she just got in the flow with boraccio and had sex with him without knowing it was socially wrong. Just like a kid is sexually abused by an adult and the kid thinks is just a normal thing people do, until he grows up and realizes that the experience was not morally right. Things like that happen all the time. I mean, do you really think Leonato never had or at least attempted to "woo" (I mean iniciate sexual intercourse) with any of his servants? Think about it.

Essay help please

So i am doing an uni essay on the Much Ado about nothing Does anyone have any insights on the highly figured prose used throughout the comedy genre? Any help would be very much appreciated :)

The Two Kinds of Relationship in Love

The story here is simple: a couple misunderstood each other by an evil prank, and the other couple went from hatred to love by the practice of a good-humored prank. The tragicomic relationship between Hero and Count Claudius was, according to my opinion, of secondary importance, compared to the case with Beatrice and Benedick. Of the latter I noticed a pattern: the handsome shrew who provoked men with wits and puns was of great importance to a Shakespeare's comedy. The bickers between Beatrice and Benedick, which were skillfully employed by Shakespeare to achieve a comic effect, were analogous to those in "the Taming of a Shrew". So far as I can judge, Shakespeare was an attentive observer of love; he conceived the complex of feelings where constructive and destructive forces lie closely together. Love at first sight did suffer a great deal in the middle of its craze and prove frail in trust; Claudius denounced Hero's virginity without investigating the truth of what he had witnessed. On the other hand, if love can be likened to a battlefield, as the one between our bickering lovers in the play, the trust between lovers will be strengthened and nourished by their conviction of each person's character, conviction gained through constantly warring, teasing, snapping.

mirror effects in much ado...

Hi everyone, I'm french so I'm not very good in English. My teacher has asked me to work on "specularity in Much Ado About Nothing". I assume you understand my problem there... Please help me!


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Do B&B really match each other?

It seems they quarrel very often before they fall in love with each other. So, I wonder if they could get along well after they get married. What's more, what motivates Benedick to fall in love seems to be that he suddenly learns that Beatrice has fallen in love with him. What if he after the wedding discovers that Beatrice has fallen in love for the same reason? Well, actually I find their love lack of solid basis. If one loves someone else simply because s/he feels that her/himself is loved, their love does not seem to be a sustainable one. What do you guys think?

Deception essay

:flare: I am having trouble writing my deception essay for much ado. can anyone give me any help with what to:flare: write?

Beatrice and Benedick Question

At the party on the night the soldiers arrive, does Beatrice know she's talking to Benedick? It's never really said, but the way she acts makes me wonder...

Please Help Me!!!!!!

i am doing a school assignment on much ado about nothing. i was wondering if you people could help me???? Thanks lots... we this is the question... "for man is a giddy thing and this is my conclusion" discuss this... consider the following - human nature - deception - false reports - much ado ( fuss ) - human relationship - reality + illusion

a bit confused

I just read much ado a few days ago. This is the only Shakespeare I've read. I hope to read more soon. I found it a little difficult, but I think I pretty much knew what was going on most of the time. But I'm still not sure why Don John wanted to break up the wedding between Hero and Claudio. Did he just not like Claudio? Can someone help me out?

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