Much Ado About Nothing Research Paper

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In the twenty-first century, stories of love being damaged by deception have become cliché. Tales in the current period of writing often display relationships being torn apart by lies and trickery, only to be repaired when the evil deeds are uncovered. However, this common theme appears in literature as far back as the Elizabethan Era. It is not surprising that William Shakespeare’s ideas would be recycled and modernized; he is the second most quoted source in the English language, only preceded by the bible (“William Shakespeare Timeline”). In one of his most famous plays, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare conveys his idea that a person must be wary of others attempting to manipulate his life through the use of duplicity. Although …show more content…
Although Claudio is just a young man, his courage surpasses his age. However, being young and gullible, he allows his naïveté to destroy his relationship later in the play. Hero, being a female in a time that women had few rights, was very compliant. She did not seem to carry the same bold atmosphere that her cousin, Beatrice, did. Instead, she mostly does what she is told to do and does not question anyone’s motives. Even when she was accused of infidelity during her wedding, Hero did not defend herself enough to make the spectators question whether Claudio could be wrong in his accusations. She also did not question the friar’s plan to fake her own death. At the end of the play, Hero willingly accepts Claudio’s second marriage proposal without requesting a further apology. Her characterization reflects the expectation of women during the time period (Harlan). She is juxtaposed to Beatrice, who is bold and rather impudent. The men in the play are ostensibly quite concerned with infidelity. When Don Pedro asked if Hero was Leonato’s daughter, he replied, “Her mother hath many times told me so.” Being the malapert character that he is, Benedick remarked, “Were you in doubt, sir, that you asked her?” Leonato quickly retorted, “Signior Benedick, no, for then you were a child.” (Shakespeare II,i,100-105). While this exchange was
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