Much Ado About Nothing Act 4 Scene 1

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‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by William Shakespeare:
What does Leonato and Claudio’s treatment of Hero in Act 4 Scene 1 reveal about each character’s relationship with her and their attitudes to women?

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is a romantic comedy set in the Elizabethan era. It shows the roles of men and women in a patriarchal society and how each are looked upon. The themes of this play are cuckold, where a married mans wife has sex with other men; the wife is adulterous. This play shows the relationship between two courtly lovers, ‘Hero’ and ‘Claudio’.

Leonato being the father of Hero has a close relationship with her. Hero represents Leonato in her image, and reflects on the way Leonato has brought up as a daughter.
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This also shows a lot of the personal image; Claudio wants to show how he looked upon Hero before he found out about Hero’s wrongdoing, and then compares her to ‘Venus…pampered animal’. Venus was known as the goddess of sexual love, which relates to Hero as an over craved sexual ‘animal’. The meaning ‘pampered animal tells us that Claudio looks at Hero in an animal image; she cannot control herself and needs to be tamed. Saying that Hero is a ‘pampered animal’ contrasts with the fact she cannot be controlled but yet is living a luxurious lifestyle.
By this Claudio is quick to accuse Hero of wrong doing and because Hero never would do such a thing it appears he does not know her very well.

When Claudio accuses Hero of having sex with another lower class man, Leonato is also very quick to accuse Hero as well. This is because Claudio is a at a high status and Leonato looks highly up to him, with Don Jon’s blessing on the marriage it looks a bad image for Leonato’s daughter, Hero to commit such a crime’.
When Hero was public humiliated, Leonato was to. Hero is seen as a part of Leonato as she shows the effort and care he has taken to bring her up as a: Loyal, Trusting, Obedient young lady. If Hero is to act in a dreadful way it would look back to Leonato because he is the one that brought her up.
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