William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Essay

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

In much ado about nothing act 4 scene 1, is the most dramatically significance scene of the play, I will analyse the many ways in order to show how Shakespeare dramatically explores the society of his time.

The social traditions of Shakespeare time, where men were much higher ranked than women as women were not allowed power and women were discriminated against and were not allowed to have a say in their lives. The men and fathers felt they had authority over their daughters and women on a whole.

At the day of the wedding Claudio wants to humiliate hero because he thinks she is a 'common stale' and is still very immature. Claudio waits until the
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He talks to his daughter as if she's guilty. He doesn't even know or want to know her anymore as if he's just disowned her.

Leonato believes the men over his own flesh and blood as the men have more witnesses of the scene 'Confirmed confirmed; would the prince lie and Claudio lie, who lov'd her so that speaking of her foulness, washed it with tears?' Hero has no one to defend her except Margeret, but Margeret stays quiet and doesn't speak a word through this scene as she doesn't want to be humiliated like Hero has been and also she does not want to be know as a so called liar or be torn apart by all the men.

Between the men they all have similarities and they believe anything another man tells them because men are stronger then women and in Hero's case just ignored. I think the men do not think properly before they judge people, they're to ignorant. When Don John showed them what Hero was supposedly like which they believed straight away. Hero has no chance of defending herself as she is a woman and woman and accepts her position as a Elizabethan woman. She also knows that no one will believe her 'O God defend me how am I beset!' This shows us that she is in an impossible situation and has no way out from this unless the person who told Claudio and Don Pedro confess. Who is obviously a man because men were respected and listed to.

At the end of the scene Beatrice is
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