Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in Benedick, who openly despises marriage, tries to dissuade his friend but Don . The characters' feelings for each other are played as vehicles to reach an ultimate goal of engagement rather than seen as an end in themselves. Get an answer for 'Describe the relationship of Hero and Claudio.' and find homework help for other Much Ado About Nothing questions at eNotes. Everything you ever wanted to know about Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, written by masters of this stuff just for you. Hero is Leonato's daughter, Beatrice's cousin, Antonio's niece, and the There will she hide her To listen our purpose.
Meanwhile, Don Pedro's brother Don John, the "bastard prince", plots to stop the wedding, embarrass his brother and wreak misery on Leonato and Claudio. He informs Don Pedro and Claudio that Hero is unfaithful, and arranges for them to see John's associate Borachio enter her bedchamber where he has an amorous liaison actually with Margaret, Hero's chambermaid.
Claudio and Don Pedro are taken in, and Claudio vows to humiliate Hero publicly. Her humiliated father Leonato expresses the wish that she would die. The presiding friar intervenes, believing Hero to be innocent.
He suggests the family must fake Hero's death in order to extract the truth and Claudio's remorse. Prompted by the day's harrowing events, Benedick and Beatrice confess their love for each other. Beatrice then asks Benedick to slay Claudio as proof of his devotion, since he has slandered her kinswoman. Benedick is horrified and at first denies her request.
Leonato and his brother Antonio blame Claudio for Hero's apparent death and challenge him to a duel. Benedick then does the same.
Benedick is following the commands of Beatrice and is one of the few who believe Hero.
Luckily, on the night of Don John's treachery, the local Watch apprehended Borachio and his ally Conrade. Despite the comic ineptness of the Watch headed by constable Dogberrya master of malapropismsthey have overheard the duo discussing their evil plans.
The Watch arrest the villains and eventually obtain a confession, informing Leonato of Hero's innocence. Though Don John has fled the city, a force is sent to capture him.
Claudio, stricken with remorse at Hero's supposed death, agrees to her father's demand that he marry Antonio's daughter, "almost the copy of my child that's dead"  and carry on the family name. At the wedding, the bride is revealed to be Hero, still living. Beatrice and Benedick, prompted by their friends' interference, finally and publicly confess their love for each other. As the play draws to a close, a messenger arrives with news of Don John's capture — but Benedick proposes to postpone his punishment to another day so that the couples can enjoy their new-found happiness.
Don Pedro is lonely because he hasn't found love. Thus Benedick gives him the advice "Get thee a wife. The earliest printed text states that Much Ado About Nothing was "sundry times publicly acted" prior to and it is likely that the play made its debut in the autumn or winter of — The play was published in quarto in by the stationers Andrew Wise and William Aspley.
This was the only edition prior to the First Folio in Analysis and criticism[ edit ] Style[ edit ] The play is one of the few in the Shakespeare canon where the majority of the text is written in prose. Sicily was ruled by Aragon at the time the play was set. Act II, Scene v: Benedick and Beatrice quickly became the main interest of the play, to the point where they are today considered the leading roles, even though their relationship is given equal or lesser weight in the script than Claudio and Hero's situation.
While this was reflected and emphasized in certain plays of the period, it was also challenged. It seems that comic drama could be a means of calming such anxieties.
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Ironically, we can see through the play's popularity that this only increased people's interest in such behavior. Benedick wittily gives voice to male anxieties about women's "sharp tongues and proneness to sexual lightness". This stereotype is turned on its head in Balthazar's song "Sigh No More," which presents men as the deceitful and inconstant sex that women must suffer.
Infidelity[ edit ] A theme in Shakespeare is cuckoldry or the infidelity of a wife. Several of the characters seem to be obsessed by the idea that a man has no way to know if his wife is faithful and therefore women can take full advantage of that fact.
Don John plays upon Claudio's pride and fear of cuckoldry, which leads to the disastrous first wedding. Many of the males easily believe that Hero is impure and even her father readily condemns her with very little proof. This motif runs through the play, often in references to horns, a symbol of cuckoldry.
In contrast, Balthasar's song " Sigh No More " tells women to accept men's infidelity and continue to live joyfully. Some interpretations say that Balthasar sings poorly, undercutting the message. This is supported by Benedick's cynical comments about the song, where he compares it to a howling dog. However, in the Branagh film Balthasar sings beautifully, the song is also given a prominent role in both the opening and finale and the message appears to be embraced by the women in the film.
The games and tricks played on people often have the best intentions—to make people fall in love, to help someone get what they want, or to lead someone to realize their mistake. However, not all are meant well, such as when Don John convinces Claudio that Don Pedro wants Hero for himself, or when Borachio meets 'Hero' who is actually Margaret, pretending to be Hero in Hero's bedroom window.
These modes of deceit play into a complementary theme of emotional manipulation and the ease with which the characters' sentiments are redirected and their propensities exploited as a means to an end. The characters' feelings for each other are played as vehicles to reach an ultimate goal of engagement rather than seen as an end in themselves. Goes from zany romantic comedy to drama in a matter of seconds when Claudio jilts Hero at the altar, and then bounces about from sweet romance Beatrice and Benedick to comedy Dogberry's interrogations to tragedy Claudio mourning what he thinks is Hero's death until everything is finally resolved.
My Girl Is Not a Slut: Beatrice and Benedick are the only ones who don't believe the incredibly flimsy accusations against Hero. This is ironic in Benedick's case, at the beginning of the play he was a self-professed He-Man Woman Hater. Also, Friar Francis only appears briefly, but when he's on stage he's the most reasonable person there. In some productions Don Pedro will pair off with either Margaret or another female extra, right after Benedick tells him, "Get thee a wife.
Borachio may have come up with the plan that framed Hero, but he vehemently defends his Unwitting Pawn lover Margaret when Don Pedro asks if she was aware of the plot. Naturally, the villainous Don John convinces Claudio that the Prince has actually fallen in love with, and become engaged to, Hero.
In fact, since the Prince gives this reassurance in Hero's presence, it's likely that she knew all along that a she was really talking to the Prince, and b he was pretending to be Claudio as a favour. It's mentioned in Act I that Antonio has a son, yet in 5. It's debated whether it's a legit mistake by Shakespeare or an intended mistake for Leonato.
Dogberry and his crew are useless, but purely by accident they manage to save the day. The whole debacle at the wedding, and a lot of heartache, could have been averted if Leonato had actually taken some time to listen to Dogberry's and Verges' report of the arrest of Borachio and Conrad. Believe it or not, among the many possible meanings of the word "nothing" in Shakespeare's day, the word was sometimes a reference to female genitalia.
Making this seemingly harmless title possibly an, erm, quite colorful one, to say the least. It is also important to note that, according to the script, the audience never sees the pivot point in the play: It happens right in the middle and everything else grows from it, but it is not actually shown.
So the play literally revolves around nothing. Basically, the title contains a Hurricane of Puns in one word. Claudio and Don Pedro get a ton of these, not without reason. First Beatrice calls them out in absentia, then Benedick calls Claudio out in person, then Leonato and Antonio call them out, then they call them out again when the truth of the matter is revealed. Don Pedro thinks Benedick and Beatrice would make a great couple, and sets out to make it happen.
The major conflict comes from Don John's attempt to wreck Claudio and Hero's relationship.
Partly to embarrass his Shipper on Deck brother, but mostly For the Evulz. I will stop your mouth. Invoked by Beatrice for the other couple even earlier in a bit of foreshadowing: Speak, cousin, or if you cannot, stop his mouth with a kiss and let him not speak neither.
Claudio goes off on Hero, essentially calling her a whore in the middle of their wedding. Played with; see above.
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The groom himself objects. Beatrice is independent, intelligent and has quite the rapier wit. This is how Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into falling in love or admitting that they love each other.
First Claudio, Don Pedro, and Leonato stage a conversation about how Beatrice is in love with Benedick while Benedick is eavesdropping, then Hero and her maidservants do the same thing to Beatrice. In each case, the eavesdropper is convinced that if the other is in love with them then they should requite the love. Don John isn't the smartest villain in town. He's already known for his wrongdoings, so what does he do?
Get involved in two schemes to frame Hero For the Evulz. Borachio pretty much does all his thinking, and ultimately turns on him when he believes Hero to be dead.The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory's Touchstone Players Present: Much Ado About Nothing
He knows Don John is untrustworthy, yet he still brings him to Leonato's house and believes the rumours spread about Hero. Balthazar has a song with the line "Men were deceivers ever. In a scene about pulling an elaborate practical joke? In a play full of deception and distrust of every kind?
It is suggested that Hero do this, to escape the slander. Near the climax, Don Pedro defends his and Claudio's actions at the first wedding by insisting their accusations were "full of proof". Cue the guards bring Borachio to them and confessing what really happened. Dogberry gives five different charges, all of which amount to Those Liars Lie.
Beatrice and Benedick, Claudio and Hero. Took a Level in Jerkass: Again, in all fairness he thinks he's seen her cheating with his own eyes. And frankly he's not all that bright anyway. One can certainly interpret Borachio this way. Notice he's the one who comes up with all the evil ideas, yet he's willing to be second fiddle to Don John, and is quick to claim he's only acting on his orders.
However, he's also quick to clear Margaret of blame when his and Don John's plan is discovered. Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Claudio wanted to marry Hero the very next day but Leonato insisted that they marry on the coming Monday. Had they married the very next day, John never would have had the time to concoct the plan to make Hero seem unfaithful. Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Initially, the bubbly atmosphere seems oddly at variance with Don John's dark and humourless character, although this changes with the play's Mood Whiplash.