Themes In Much Ado About Nothing

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Samantha Charleville
Suzan Wilson
09 October 2017
Much Ado About Nothing Classics Essay Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare is a classic novel in which love does not happen as it seems, and there are many themes. In a town called Messina, a man named Claudio falls in love with a young woman named Hero. He does not know how to get her to fall back in love with him, so Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, makes a deal that he will get her to fall in love with him at a masquerade, but go as Claudio and not himself so that they will get married. Also at this time in the story, a young woman named Beatrice is very hard headed. She believes that she will never fall in love than that she never wants to in the first place. Her
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Later on in the story, Hero and Claudio are to be married. But before the wedding starts, it is said that Hero has been unfaithful to Claudio. Though this is not true, and her being unfaithful was trick planned by two men named Don John and Borachio, Claudio believes the lie and accuses her of having affairs with repulsive men. The wedding is now cancelled and Hero stabs herself out of grief of Claudio leaving her, but does not die, and Hero’s father, Leonato, tells everyone she is dead because he is ashamed of her. Leonato even tells his niece Beatrice and her secret love Benedict to let Hero die. I know this because Leonato states, “O Fate, take not away thy heavy hand! Death is the fairest cover for [Hero’s] shame That may be wished for” (pg. 131). This is Leonato stating that they should just let her die because he is so ashamed of her that she may as well die. Claudio soon finds out that Hero is not actually dead, and now knows that the affairs that were planted on her were just tricks by Don John and Borachio. Now that their love is not being manipulated anymore, they are finally free to just be lovers by themselves. This supports the theme of manipulated love is not real love because once all manipulations stopped, they were left with nothing but real love and honesty. Beatrice and Benedick are extremely hard headed and set in the idea that they will never fall in
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