The Dramatic Significance of Act four Scene One of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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The Dramatic Significance of Act four Scene One of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Act 4 in the romantic comedy 'Much ado about nothing' is of great dramatic significance to the whole play, as it is in Scene 1 where Shakespeare brings out the different sides of the characters to illustrate the complexities of love and relationships. Act 4 Scene 1 is clustered with different incidents and in this essay, I will go through each event and describe its importance to the play as a whole. I will do this by showing how (with the use of language) Shakespeare expresses the feelings of his characters and uses theatrical stage actions to emphasize their emotions.

The Scene begins with Claudio's
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His feeble and weak character is shown even more in this scene because as soon as Don John tells him that Hero has betrayed him, he again does not think. He should have thought and he remembered that Don John had deceived him before about Don Pedro wooing for Hero.

Claudio's character changes from confessing love to Hero, "...Lady, as you are mine, I am yours. I give myself for you…" to making violent allegations at her and refusing to marry her in public. In Claudio's speech, Shakespeare uses an oxymoron, "…But fair thee well, most foul, most fair…" and this shows the two excessive attitudes that Claudio has of Hero. In addition Shakespeare uses many similes and metaphor in this scene, "You seem to me as Dian in her orb…" This illustrates that he used to believe and look at her as she was chaste goddess meaning that he never had the thought of Hero to delude him.

Modern days, people's over reactions are mostly based on keen emotions that they sometimes can't control. In this play the character of Claudio reacts excessively and this is with the sole purpose of Claudio and his outburst of rage. Furthermore, it shows that Claudio can't really control him emotion and this is associates to modern days.

Additionally the ferocious way in which both Claudio and Leonato reacted towards Hero would not be very shocking to
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