Much Ado About Nothing Essay

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Summary Analysis The play “Much Ado about Nothing” by William Shakespeare is a love story that he incorporated deception in which the characters engage in humorously. Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, plays Cupid in this seemingly multi-sided romance between Claudio and Hero, as well as Beatrice and Benedick. Claudio, who seems to fall in love with Hero in an instant, implores Don Pedro to woo Hero for him. Don Pedro obliges his protégé. However, the first deception happens at the party when Don John, Don Pedro’s evil illegitimate half-brother, tells Claudio that Don Pedro is double crossing him. Claudio is quick to believe this and becomes angry until Don Pedro goes to him and gives him Hero as his betrothed. Beatrice and Benedick are constantly bickering with one another in a battle of wits stating that they hate each other. However, they are not very convincing of this when it is obvious that they really do love each other, yet are afraid to show their true feelings. Benedick swears to Don Pedro that “…I will live a bachelor.” (Bevington, p. 226). Don Pedro, along with Claudio, Hero and Leonato, Beatrice’s Uncle, hatch a plan to get Beatrice and Benedick profess their love for one another once and for all. In the meantime, Don John who hates Claudio conspires with his cohorts, Borachio and Conrade, to besmirch Hero’s reputation and break up the wedding of Claudio and Hero, by deceiving Claudio into believing that Hero is an unfaithful tramp. Borachio tells Don John to bring Don Pedro and Claudio to Hero’s balcony and “…hear me call Margaret Hero, hear Margaret term me Claudio…” (Bevington, p. 233). The trap being set, Claudio sees who he believes is Hero having sex on her bedroom balcony with Borachio. However, the treachery of Don John is eventually exposed and all is set right between Claudio and hero. Benedick and Beatrice find that

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