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Leonato claims Antonio can say nothing to make him happy again—he can only be He also says it's easy for people who have it good to give advice, which is . will busy himself finding out the details of Margaret's relationship with Borachio . Where have Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick been? What conclusions can you draww about their relationship? What advice does beatrice offer hero? . What is wrong with Beatrice, and what does Margaret say is wrong wit hthe. Borachio and Margaret are at the window, and from Claudio's view, Beatrice and Benedick as a Couple in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
At the wedding, the bride is revealed to be Hero, still living. Beatrice and Benedick, prompted by their friends' interference, finally and publicly confess their love for each other.Much Ado About Nothing Act 3 Scene 2
As the play draws to a close, a messenger arrives with news of Don John's capture — but Benedick proposes to postpone his punishment to another day so that the couples can enjoy their new-found happiness. Don Pedro is lonely because he hasn't found love. Thus Benedick gives him the advice "Get thee a wife. The earliest printed text states that Much Ado About Nothing was "sundry times publicly acted" prior to and it is likely that the play made its debut in the autumn or winter of — The play was published in quarto in by the stationers Andrew Wise and William Aspley.
This was the only edition prior to the First Folio in Analysis and criticism[ edit ] Style[ edit ] The play is one of the few in the Shakespeare canon where the majority of the text is written in prose. Sicily was ruled by Aragon at the time the play was set. Act II, Scene v: Benedick and Beatrice quickly became the main interest of the play, to the point where they are today considered the leading roles, even though their relationship is given equal or lesser weight in the script than Claudio and Hero's situation.
While this was reflected and emphasized in certain plays of the period, it was also challenged. It seems that comic drama could be a means of calming such anxieties.
Ironically, we can see through the play's popularity that this only increased people's interest in such behavior. Benedick wittily gives voice to male anxieties about women's "sharp tongues and proneness to sexual lightness".
This stereotype is turned on its head in Balthazar's song "Sigh No More," which presents men as the deceitful and inconstant sex that women must suffer. Infidelity[ edit ] A theme in Shakespeare is cuckoldry or the infidelity of a wife. Several of the characters seem to be obsessed by the idea that a man has no way to know if his wife is faithful and therefore women can take full advantage of that fact. Don John plays upon Claudio's pride and fear of cuckoldry, which leads to the disastrous first wedding.
Many of the males easily believe that Hero is impure and even her father readily condemns her with very little proof. This motif runs through the play, often in references to horns, a symbol of cuckoldry. In contrast, Balthasar's song " Sigh No More " tells women to accept men's infidelity and continue to live joyfully. Some interpretations say that Balthasar sings poorly, undercutting the message. This is supported by Benedick's cynical comments about the song, where he compares it to a howling dog.
However, in the Branagh film Balthasar sings beautifully, the song is also given a prominent role in both the opening and finale and the message appears to be embraced by the women in the film. The games and tricks played on people often have the best intentions—to make people fall in love, to help someone get what they want, or to lead someone to realize their mistake. However, not all are meant well, such as when Don John convinces Claudio that Don Pedro wants Hero for himself, or when Borachio meets 'Hero' who is actually Margaret, pretending to be Hero in Hero's bedroom window.
These modes of deceit play into a complementary theme of emotional manipulation and the ease with which the characters' sentiments are redirected and their propensities exploited as a means to an end.
Much Ado About Nothing A Brief Overview.
The characters' feelings for each other are played as vehicles to reach an ultimate goal of engagement rather than seen as an end in themselves. Masks and mistaken identity[ edit ] People are constantly pretending to be others or being mistaken for other people. An example of this is Margaret who is mistaken for Hero, which leads to Hero's public disgrace at her wedding with Claudio.
However, during a masked ball in which everyone must wear a mask, Beatrice rants about Benedick to a masked man who turns out to be Benedick himself but she acts unaware of this at the time.
During the same celebration, Don Pedro, masked, pretends to be Claudio and courts Hero for him. After Hero is announced "dead," Leonato orders Claudio to marry his "niece," who is actually Hero in disguise. Noting[ edit ] A watercolor by John Sutcliffe: Beatrice overhears Hero and Ursula. Another motif is the play on the words nothing and noting, which in Shakespeare's day were near- homophones. The title could also be understood as Much Ado About Noting.
Much of the action is in interest in and critique of others, written messages, spyingand eavesdropping. This is mentioned several times, particularly concerning "seeming," "fashion," and outward impressions. Nothing is a double entendre ; "an O-thing" or "n othing" or "no thing" was Elizabethan slang for " vagina ", evidently derived from the pun of a woman having "nothing" between her legs.
Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of Signor Leonato? I noted her not, but I looked on her.
Hear me a little, For I have only been silent so long And given way unto this course of fortune By noting of the lady. Thou knowest that the fashion of a doublet, or a hat, or a cloak is nothing to a man. A triple play on words in which noting signifies noticing, musical notes and nothing occurs at 2. Hero says that Beatrice is mean and mocks people too much.
Hero is going to advice Benedick to not love Beatrice. Beatrice is mad because people think poorly of her.
Beatrice is in love with Benedick. The watch arrest Borachio and Conrade. She wants to get married. Getting ready for the wedding Dogberry is told to question the 2 men and report findings back to Leonato. Leonato is upset and wants to kill Hero.
Hero confused and faints. If Hero is innocent, Leonato threatens to go after people who lied about Hero. Claudio will feel bad and realize that he loved Hero. Benedick and Beatrice admit to each other that they love each other.
Beatrice wants Benedick to kill Claudio. Beatrice prove that you love me. Benedick agrees to make Claudio pay. They say that they are innocent, but the judge finds them guilty, because the events that the watch testified to happened. Don John secretly leaves Messina.
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He wants Antonio to stop telling him everything will be okay. He wants to make Claudio and Don Pedro pay. Leonato challenges Claudio to a duel.
Benedick challenges Claudio to a duel. Dogberry brings Borachio and Conrade to Leonato and Borachio confesses.