Much Ado About Nothing Character Analysis

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Title Task Summative The comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” written by the William Shakespeare in 1598, tells the story of two intertwined love stories that unfold over a time-span of 7 days, during a visit of Don Pedro and his army in the village of Messina. By exploring the diverse characteristics and personalities between major characters in the play, the playwright often establishes a comedic mood, further clarifies the plot and questions the audience. The different perceptions of love that Claudio and Benedick have, and certain remarks about their diverse opinions, result in the creation of a comedic mood. At a very early stage in the play, the reader finds out that Leonato has “bestowed much honor on a young Florentine called Claudio” (1,…show more content…
In regards to the context of the play, Hero is an accurate reflection of a woman in Shakespearian times. During the 16th century women were considered to be the weaker sex and submissive. We can observe multiple of these qualities in Hero, who is the very introverted and meek daughter of Leonato. For instance in Act 2 Leonato communicates to her: “Daughter, remember what I told you. If the prince do solicit you in that kind, you know your answer” (2, 1, 54), to which she gently consents. This prime example indicates how Hero obeys her father’s words, and is a submissive individual. On the contrary, Beatrice is the exact opposite of Hero’s character, and additionally also the one the reader cares about the most. Whereas Hero is shy and timorous, Beatrice has a far outgoing and complex personality. The reader first gains the impression that her character is outgoing and derisive through instances such as the verbal dispute with Benedick in Act 1. In this quarrel she expresses her attitude through harsh remarks such as “I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior Benedick. Nobody marks you” (1, 1, 93) or “Courtesy itself must convert to disdain if you come in her presence” (1, 1, 97). These severe disses addressed towards Benedick, exemplify how Beatrice is capable of openly displaying her opinions and how she is in no way submissive. The direct
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