Power And Gender In Shakespeare's Play 'Much Ado About Nothing'

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Daman Saini
Professor Schrantz
English 2322
18 October 2017
William Shakespeare: “Much Ado about Nothing”
What does the play seem to say about power and gender? Compare and contrast at least four characters, using specific examples to support your answer. William Shakespeare’s play “Much Ado about Nothing” is one of his many creations during the Renaissance and Elizabethan Era. This is one of Shakespeare’s most famous play that is still performed to this day. I was able to witness students from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts production perform this play. Shakespeare exposes the dark and ugly truth about gender inequality that occurred during the Elizabethan Era. In the Messina society, the men were superior to women, and the women to feel inferiors to the men. However, in this play, Beatrice is seen as an exception as she says “Oh that I were a man” (The University of North Carolina School of the Arts production). For women, honor was based on virginal chastity, while men were honored based on their social rank and camaraderie. Shakespeare portrays Hero as the ideal women during the Renaissance period by depicting her as quiet, polite and respectful. She follows the rules of the patriarchal society, like submitting to her father’s decisions and accepting her father’s demand that she should say yes to Don Pedro’s marriage proposal. She offers no objection to the marriage proposal even though it was from Claudio instead of Don Pedro. Hero will not say

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