Social Pressures in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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Social Pressures in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing


There has been much discussion about whether or not Shakespeare’s play
‘Much Ado About Nothing’ it is based more around social pressures
rather than true love; this essay will see to what extent the play
supports this idea.

Shakespeare wrote the play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ around 1598. It
was located in Italy, because Italy at the time was seen as a romantic
exotic country, writers during this time period were obsessed over
Italy, a lot of the plays written were set in Italy. This play has a
wide appeal to all classes which shows that it would be appropriate
for all to watch. The title ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ suggests
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because life expectancy was not extremely long; as a result she had to
marry at a young age. Every girl throughout this time had a ‘dowry’
which was money or property brought by a bride to her husband at
marriage. This was a sort of social pressure because marriages were
usually arranged by the parents and was not a matter to be discussed
with them you could have been expected to marry who they chose for you
even if it was not true love. Things that were considered socially
unacceptable were sleeping with someone before you were married,
having a baby with someone else and trying to pass it off as your
husbands.

At the beginning of the play the men Don Pedro, Don John, Claudio,
Benedick, Leanato and Antonio return from war, from the onset the play
focuses on Beatrice and Benedick, as the two central characters.
Beatrice is portrayed as a strong female character that speaks her
mind, this is different because in the time period this play is set
men were seen as more superior than women. Both Benedick and Beatrice
are the comedy characters in this play that tend to argue a lot. When
Beatrice hears that they are arriving back in Messina she immediately
shows interest in Benedick ‘I…