Misinterpretation Of Women In Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare

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There are many perspectives on how Much Ado About Nothing can be read. The uncertainty is common in all of Shakespeare’s plays, however, it is different compared to ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. It is fair to say that Much Ado About Nothing is a sexist play. The mistreatment of women seems to be a common problem and is present in the arranged marriage between Hero and Claudio, Margaret not knowing what Borachio intended, and the idea becoming unsexed by Beatrice. The misinterpretation of Shakespeare’s liking to focus mostly on male characters must be thought carefully. During Act 1 Scene 1 Don Pedro's assumption, "I think this is your daughter", is met by Leonato's response, "Her mother hath many times told me so." This introduction of Hero is expressive of the treatment of women, as he makes a joke at her expense in public without considering her feelings. It could be said that this sort of oppression of Hero is what causes her to remain silent, although Shakespeare may have created her in recognition of the popular view of women at the time, as an opposite to Beatrice's free speech. In short, the difference between Hero's quietness highlights the way that women were viewed by Shakespeare and Elizabethan audiences. It is Beatrice who seems better suited as the male in a relationship between her and Benedick because of the control that she has over Benedick. When Beatrice decided to go after Benedick by insulting him, it shows similarities to Lady Macbeth in the play,

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