Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing

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Katherine Paterson says, “Real maturity, which most of us never achieve, is when you realize that you’re not the center of the universe.” Claudio, a character from Much Ado About Nothing, is a perfect example of this quote. Throughout most of the play Claudio is only concerned about how other people and events affect him. However, the obstacles and positions he is put in do not help the situation. The one of the main themes of this play is deception, which Claudio, as well as most of the other characters in the play, fall victim. In Much Ado About Nothing Claudio begins the play with a tendency to be very gullible and paranoid about everything, and he continues to show his immaturity by seeking revenge when he is upset; Claudio finally…show more content…
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” (67-68.) This quote is another example of how cruel Claudio was to Hero at their wedding day, which was supposed to be a happy event. Claudio shows how malicious he can be by leaving her at the altar, in front of all her friends and family, publically shaming her in the process. It also shows how he tends to think the worst of those around him and his need to get even. This need to humiliate her shows he is really only considered with himself and his happiness.
Claudio finally grows to maturity when he takes responsibility for Hero’s death and graciously complies to do whatever Leonato asks as punishment. After Hero’s death Claudio goes back to Leonato to apologize, “I know not how to pray for your patience, Yet I must speak. Choose your revenge yourself; Impose me to what penance your intervention. Can lay upon my sin. Yet sinned I not but in mistaking” (88-89.) This apology by Claudio shows a lot of courage and humility, both signs of maturity. It is always hard to admit doing something wrong, especially if what was done has affected someone else. This act shows a lot of courage on Claudio’s part because the punishment could have been very severe, seeing as Leonato is governor of Messina. He apologizes because even though he was hurt by Hero’s supposed betrayal,
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