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"Much Ado About Nothing" By William Shakespeare, A Character Anaysis

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Much Ado about Nothing- Character AnalysisIn Much Ado about Nothing, by William Shakespeare most of the characters had interesting relationships with each other. The play revolves around attempts and complications in finding love. Hero and Claudio fall deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice hated each other, which lead to them falling in love as well. Claudio is a flawed lover though, as he is gullible and suspicious by nature. Hero has a passive and submissive character throughout the play, which is the opposite of her cousin Beatrice who is cynical and feisty. Benedick and Beatrice have very similar characters, which make them sick of each other, yet it is also their similarities that bring them together.Hero has a charming, graceful, timid character. She does not seem to be headstrong at all. Even when she is asked by her father whether or not she would consent to Claudio's proposal, she responds, "Father, as it please you". She does not make any decisions on her own, yet rather lets her father make the decisions for her. Hero is periodically victimized in the play, without ever expressing emotions of rage or anger towards the injustices brought about on her. She is even forgiving of Claudio to the extent of telling him not to apologize for what he's said and thought about her. Even though her reputation was at stake, and he accused her of being unfaithful, she still forgave him unconditionally, while her cousin Beatrice did not mince her words towards Claudio to defend Hero. She displays a lack of dignity, a common characteristic of a woman during the Elizabethan times. She is a perfect example of gracious purity as she is kind-hearted and forgiving.Claudio is introduced as a valiant young soldier in the beginning of the play, but as the story proceeds we notice he is a very gullible, and somewhat of a naïve person. Even though Don John told him lies about Hero twice, his suspicious, easy to fool character believed him:"O Hero, what a Hero hadst thou been,If half thy outward graces had been placedAbout thy thoughts and counsels of thy heart!But fare thee well, most foul, most fair! Farewell,Thou pure impiety and impious purity!For thee I'll lock up all the gates of love,And on my eyelids shall conjecture hang,To turn all beauty into thoughts of harm,And never shall it be more gracious." (IV. I)Here Claudio expresses his angry feelings towards Hero, and states how wicked and impure her actions have been. Right off the bat he believes Don John even though Don John hates him so much. Claudio seems like an experienced, young lover who is vulnerable in believing foolish ideas. It just shows how easily he gives up. Before even trying to settle it, he assumes Don John said the truth, and says awful things about Hero. This is a more immature side of Claudio, while on the battlefield he is known as the most aggressive and brave person. His presumably strong character becomes masked with a young, easily influenced personality.Beatrice is the...

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