Much Ado About Nothing Analysis

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Much Ado About Nothing Analysis
Beginning in 15th century Messina in the aftermath of a war, the play opens with the army of Don Pedro of Aragon arriving in the country and being welcomed by Leonato, Messina’s governor. Count Claudio, hero of the war, falls in love with Leonato’s daughter Hero at first sight, and Don Pedro promises to woo Hero for Claudio. Don John, Don Pedro’s brother who is resentful of both Claudio and Don Pedro for defeating him in the just-ended war and himself being a bastard son, ineligible of heirdom, hopes to find a way to ruin Claudio’s impending happiness.
After Don Pedro woos Hero for Claudio, he proposes that everyone trick Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love. Don John and his henchman Borachio agree on a plan to disrupt the coming marriage: Borachio will convince Claudio that Hero is unfaithful by staging a meeting with Margaret, Hero’s waiting servant. Margaret will be dressed in Hero’s attire, and Claudio will assume Borachio is Hero’s lover. Leonato, Claudio and Don Pedro stage a conversation for Benedick to overhear where they talk of Beatrice’s desperate love for Benedick, how he would mock her if he knew of her feelings. Benedick joyously decides he must love her in return. Beatrice is also lured into overhearing a conversation between Hero and Ursula, a waiting servant, who talk about Benedick’s desperate love for Beatrice and about how her arrogance will keep her out of his love’s grasp. Beatrice decides that she must shed her
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