William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
In much ado about nothing act 4 scene 1, is the most dramatically
significance scene of the play, I will analyse the many ways in order
to show how Shakespeare dramatically explores the society of his time.
The social traditions of Shakespeare time, where men were much higher
ranked than women as women were not allowed power and women were
discriminated against and were not allowed to have a say in their
lives. The men and fathers felt they had authority over their
daughters and women on a whole.
At the day of the wedding Claudio wants to humiliate hero because he
thinks she is a 'common stale' and is still very immature. Claudio
waits until the wedding day to denounce Hero how he feel's that will
be the best way to humiliate her and get his own back as he feels he's
right and a woman in his times could not ever sleep with another man
as he feels he's not stepping down his role or letting his pride slip.
This scene is extremely important because it emphasizes where Don John
deceives Claudio and Don Pedro, where Claudio humiliates through the
denunciation of Don John. Claudio does this in order to preserve male
honour, which was very important to men at this time.
Claudio uses over exaggerated language to express his feelings when he
meets her, he says 'can the world buy such a jewel?' This tells us he
straight away jumps to conclusions. We know this because he has not
even spoken to her before and he wants to marry her.
Leonato uses abusive and offensive words towards his daughter. Leonato
says 'Why ever wast thou lovely eyes? Why had I not with charitable
hand took up a beggers issue at my gates, Who smirched thus and mur'd
with infamy, this shame derives itself from unknown lair'. He talks to
his daughter as if she's guilty. He doesn't even know or want to know
her anymore as if he's just disowned her.
Leonato believes the men over his own flesh and blood as the men have
more witnesses of the scene 'Confirmed confirmed; would the prince lie
and Claudio lie, who lov'd her so that speaking of her foulness,
washed it with tears?' Hero has no one to defend her except Margeret,
but Margeret stays quiet and doesn't speak a word through this scene
as she doesn't want to be humiliated like Hero has been and also she
does not want to be know as a so called liar or be torn apart by all
Between the men they all have similarities and they believe anything
another man tells them because men are stronger then women and in
Hero's case just ignored. I think the men do not think properly before
they judge people,...