Much Ado About Nothing

1400 Words Mar 22nd, 2014 6 Pages
Much Ado About Nothing In the Renaissance period, marriage was far different and much longer process than it is today. Particularly in the Elizabethan era, marriages were frequently arranged so that both families involved would benefit. Marriages would be arranged to bring prestige, honour and wealth to the family. For the upper class, marriage rarely involved love. Courting outside of one’s class was strictly forbidden and punishable by death in some circumstances. Marriage followed a strict set of protocols that signify maturity and coming into one’s own. In this time, dowries often played a large part in the decision to marry. A dowry, is the custom in which involves an interchange of cash, jewels, foods, estates between the father …show more content…
Only get the learned writer to set down our excommunication and meet me at the gaol.” The inappropriate word ‘excommunication’ which means the ‘action to exclude somebody as a punishment from the rights and privileges of membership of the Christian Church’ is mistakenly used for ‘examination’ meaning the ‘interrogation or the action of questioning formally to get information. Another example of malapropism is when Dogberry is talking to Verges and to other watchmen, saying the lines “One word more, honest neighbours. I pray you watch about Signior Leonato’s door; for the wedding being there tomorrow, there is a great coil tonight. Adieu, be vigitant, I beseech you.” He used to the word ‘vigitant’ instead of ‘vigilant’, which means watchful or looking out for possible danger and trouble. Dogberry is quite memorable because he constantly used malapropisms in his dialogue. Although it might seem to confuse the characters as well as the readers, the opposite actually happen. It helped Dogberry and his men to outsmart and then capture the two followers of Don John, and importantly, it contributed more humour in the play. In comparing and contrasting Hero and Beatrice, one could write more on their differences, though they were very close with each other. Beatrice is witty, hard, cynical, sharp, energetic, realistic, quarrelsome, strong and forceful, unlike Hero, who is polite,