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"Much Ado About Nothing" By Shakespeare

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"Much Ado About Nothing" by Shakespeare is a comedy placed in the late 1500's. Shakespeare makes good use of radiance language with good nature and wordplay. He uses his characters, first as dramatic actors, but also as comic actors. In "Much Ado About Nothing", Shakespeare first tell us the love story of Hero and Claudio. Claudio is a young soldier of Don Pedro's Army. He has fought bravely on the war and may perhaps have been the reason of Don Pedro's victory. For this reason Claudio has an enemy, Don John who seems to also like Hero and be jealous of Claudio's successful welcome after the war. . Giving to this story the touch of comedy, Shakespeare makes use of other personages such as Beatrice and Benedick whom seem to be in war but deeply hide a secret sympathy for each other. Also he uses Dogberry and his puzzled incoherence. Much Ado About Nothing dealt with themes of universal appeal; love, status, relationships between different sexes. Though a comedy, Shakespeare explores the malice and dishonesty of Don John and his plan to get revenge on Claudio.Don Pedro has just complete a war and comes back home with him, his army is welcome and given all the properly attentions. Among the army Claudio is introduced to Hero and instantly both fell in love. Also in the army is Don John who has a deep dislike for Claudio and seeks to take revenge of him at the first chance he has. His plan takes form when he learns that Hero and Claudio have plans to get marry. Immediately he plots a plan to defame Hero and therefore to ruin the marriage between Hero and Claudio. He sends Borachio to Margaret (One of Hero's gentlewomen) who would come out at Hero's bedroom window then he would claim his love for her, Don John would tell his brother Don Pedro and Claudio of the things he has witnesses, "I came hither to tell you, and circumstances shortened, the lady is disloyal." Act 3.Sc 2. 95. Don John then convinces the two of them in asking them to come and see for themselves, "If you dare not trust that you see, confess not that you know: if you will follow me, I will show you enough..." 3.2.110. It is at this moment that Claudio falls in the game and decides to publicly humiliate Hero, "if I see anything tonight, why I should not marry her tomorrow in the congregation, where I should wed, there will I shame her." 3.2.115.Shakespeare press great pressure on the virginity of his female characters. In "Much Ado About Nothing", Claudio, is careful to find out that Hero is Leonato's virtuous inheritor before he woos her. In this case marriage is seen as business, the idea of virginity in Much Ado About Nothing becomes a matter of life or death. When Don John, on his mission to get revenge on Claudio, falsely informs him that Hero has engaged in wrongful act with a man, the play takes a suddenly turn from a comedy to a tragedy. Is here where Shakespeare makes a brilliant use of the comedy character of Dogberry who resolves in a funny way the harmful plan to disgrace...

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