William Shakespeare 's Much Ado About Nothing

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In William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, the course of Claudio and Hero’s relationship is the most troubled and the most realistic. While there are obvious feelings between the two characters, just like in real life, obstacles arise that shape the play’s events and their relationship. The problems that occur through the course of the play can be blamed on Don John’s actions and can also be attributed to Claudio’s tendency to be easily swayed. Eventually the issues are settled and Hero ends up with Claudio. After Claudio returns from battle, he realizes that he is deeply in love with Hero and quickly informs Benedick that he intends to marry her. Claudio says, “In mine eye, she is the sweetest lady that ever I looked on” (1.1.154-55). Benedick hastily asks Claudio if he intends on marrying Hero and Claudio replies, “I would scarce trust myself, though I had sworn the contrary, if Hero would be my wife” (1.1.161- 62). Claudio’s “love” for Hero is realistically superficial and shallow. He is attracted to her first by her outward appearance and second by the money and power that he would inherit by marrying her. In a way, Claudio does not see Hero as a person, with thoughts and feelings, but as a societal gain for himself. For Claudio, Hero is the full package. Hero is the only truly innocent partner in this relationship. She is a faithful partner to Claudio and her trust in him is consistently unwavering; even when he publicly humiliates her; while she is hurt and…
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