Beatrice is cynical and witty; she doesn’t conform when it comes to the role of women in Elizabethan time. In terms of how males view females, there is a theme of cuckoldry (men who married unfaithful wives). This is shown in the first scene when Leonato confirms that Hero is his daughter, ‘Her mother hath many times told me so’, a joke at her expense, implying she is unfaithful to him. In a conversation between Claudio and Benedick, they talk about Hero. Claudio asks if he ‘noted’ her, Benedick tells him he did not, but he ‘looked on her’.
He does this because he wants his daughter to marry soon and to a man of wealth and high social status and is not concerned about his daughter’s happiness. Throughout the scene he continues to disparage her. Once Lady Capulet confirms Juliet will not marry Paris, he starts to refer to Juliet as ‘she’; ‘is she not proud? Doth she not count her bless’ this excludes Juliet, by referring to her in third person, and not by her name Lord Capulet is dismissing her worth as a person. Lady Capulet and Lord Capulet are very united in their belief that marrying Paris is the right thing to do for Juliet.
The feud between the two families keeps the star-crossed lovers from being with each other. Juliet knows there is a connection between her and Romeo. She has no doubt in her mind that they are not right for each other. Juliet tells Romeo that if he truly loves her then to send their wedding arrangements to her. Romeo sends the place and time of their wedding to Juliet.
Othello says to her “It gives me wonder great as my content to see you here before me. O my soul’s joy!” (2.1.199-200). These beautiful and loving words are soon changed to hostility and rage with the thought of Desdemona’s betrayal. Both Desdemona and Hero are accused of being unfaithful through presented “ocular proof”, they are both disgraced by the leading male role, and they are young and inexperienced in the ways of love and both women are extremely forgiving after they have been mistreated by their suitors. Much Ado about Nothing was written by William Shakespeare as a comedy, but it could have very well been turned into a tragedy comparable to Othello.
The Friar responds with, “Young men’s love then lies/ Not truly in their hearts but, in their eyes jesu maria, what the deal of brine/ Hath washes thy sallow cheeks for Rosaline!”(2.3.68-90). In the first act, Romeo thought himself to be in love with Rosaline. Romeo had been distraught over the fact that his beloved Rosaline was going to become a nun. Romeo would never be able to love Rosoline, or be with her. Friar Lawrence makes fun of Romeo saying that young men only love what they see.
In Act 3 Scene 2, Don John enters Leonato’s house and says to Claudio “I came hither to tell you, and circumstances shortened the lady is disloyal.” Don John is presented as a ‘deceiver’ in this scene by his actions, creating uproar between the couple. The ways in which Shakespeare presents men’s attitudes to women are not used for comical purposes in this scene. This scene presents women to be promiscuous and untrustworthy characters. Also, the fact that Claudio believes Don John and assumes that the woman committing adultery is Hero portrays
In Act 1, Scene 2, Romeo compares his thwarted love for Rosaline to ______________. Madness and imprisonment. 7. The Capulet servant approaches Romeo in Act 1, Scene 2 to ask him what? If Romeo can read.
Although it was Hamlet who wooed her, and with whom she was intimate it is Hamlet himself who later chastises her for her impious actions. “Get thee to a/nunnery, go: farewell. Or, if thou wilt needs/marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough/what monsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go,/and quickly too.” (III.i.131), he commands her, leaving her without a response. By saying these words to her he is crassly calling her a harlot, and making to appear that he never really loved her.
Cecily tells Lady Bracknell how she is engaged to Algernon and after much questioning gives her consent to the marriage. There is a common theme of love in this section with both Algernon and Jack revealing their true love for Gwendolen and Cecily. One aspect of comedy that Wilde has perfectly placed in this section is Algernon’s contradiction of views on marriage. This links with earlier in the play, when he expresses how there is nothing romantic in a proposal of marriage; whereas now he has found love, his view has completely changed. Wilde constantly contradicts the direct speech from the characters.
The readers introduction to Hamlet and King Claudius occurs in Act I Scene ii where the King explains that he has married his sister in law with mixed feelings but he believes Hamlet’s mourning should seize, to which his nephew replies with disdain and offense. This sets the mood for the relationship between the two characters as well as set Hamlet up for his first soliloquy, seen in Act I Scene ii line 133 O, that is too too solid flesh would melt Thaw and resolve into dew! Or that the everlasting had not fix’d His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! Oh God! God!