Play Analysis – Essay 1 “Much Ado About Nothing “ Submitted by Noor Ul Ain Shaikh (BSMS 2A) What seems to be a comedy play for an audience who enjoys a theatre with good humor and romance, “Much Ado About Nothing” contains much more than just entertainment. If we dig in deep, William Shakespeare’s play has much more than a tragic story with happy ending; even that is debatable. The theme of this play revolves around deception, plotting against your own, personal gains and rejection. The audience may understand the concept of love and romance flowing within the characters because it was to portrayed that way but the critics would argue the fact that some of the characters like Beatrice and Benedick were made to fall in love with each other through deception. As simple as the characters were, the situations arousing in the play became more complexed as scenes passed by. What led to the trouble and chaos in the play also led to the solution in the end, when Claudio and Don Pedro were deceived into thinking by Don John that Hero was unfaithful. That very same idea also solved the problem in the end when Leonato, Hero’s father, deceived Claudio by making him believe that she is dead and that it is his duty to clear Hero’s name by reading out on her tomb and marrying the said niece who looks just like Hero. Again the plotting against own is present where the said niece turns out to be Hero and she comes back to life again. Shakespeare, no doubt, solves almost
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In my opinion, I consider the play mainly support the idea of marriage as business, however, in some part as pleasure. I will analysis it from the play and also make compare of today’s idea of marriage. The play reveals the portrayal of marriage during the late Victorian era. During that time period, a marriage states was a business deal or a contract made for money and power accompany with the rule of a marriage will be permitted if the couple intending to marry belonged to the same class. It is the strict class system in that time and it perpetuates the gap between the upper, middle and lower classes.
Gossip is the main driver of the various plotlines in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing. The conflict in the play is shaped entirely around false rumor spread by characters and the hearsay that accompanies it. The characters’ actions are enormously affected by the conversations they overhear and their willingness to believe secondhand information over direct experience. Patricia Meyer Spacks states in her novel Gossip, that rumor in the play “creates its own territory using materials from the world at large to construct a new oral artifact” (Spacks, 1985, Location No. 315).
“Much Ado About Nothing” by Shakespeare takes the reader back to the Elizabethan time period. The play’s comedic tone presents the conflict that is taking place in the city Messina. The performance gives perspective on the characters’ relationships throughout a brief time span. Beatrice and Benedick are major characters whose relationship evolved throughout the play. Through the development of character relationships, the reader can sense the gender roles included in the production.
Claudio fell in love with Hero right when he laid his eyes upon her. Claudio claims, “In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that I ever looked on (I.i.183-184).” This example shows that Claudio fell in love with her looks, not her personality. Another reason for their unrealistic relationship is Hero fakes her death after being accused of cheating. Shakespeare wrote, “Done to death by slanderous tongues, was the Hero that here lies.
During my assessment I will be exploring how Beatrice and Benedick’s relationship develops throughout the play ‘much ado about nothing’. I will also explore how their relationship follows the conventions of a relationship in the Elizabethan era. Also how their relationship subverts conventions due to the common idea of looking at the outside appearance to fall in love, however they fall in love with each other due to their intellect; Claudio and Hero fall in love because of beauty. In the beginning of the play we see through Beatrice’s witty remarks on love of how she subverts normal conventions of marriage: “I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me”.
In my opinion, I think that the movie version and the play version, of Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare, are not very different. They have a lot of similarities for example; Hero and Claudio met and thought they should be together, Claudio thinks he saw Hero cheating on him with another man. So therefore at their wedding he demanded for her to die because of her relations with another man. Claudio realizes he was wrong about what she did and he had to marry her cousin without seeing her at all till they’re married.
A tragic flaw is where a part of a character’s personality can lead to their downfall. The book Much Ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare has many characters with Tragic Flaws. Claudio, one of the main character’s in the story, is the most tragically flawed character because he’s extremely trusting and is willing to believe what anyone says, and his trust ends up creating massive conflicts throughout the story. The first time Claudio’s tragic flaw is shown in the story, is when Don John tells him that Don Pedro is confessing his love for Hero at the Masquerade party. Claudio expresses his grief in Act two, Scene 1 by saying “And trust no agent; for beauty is a witch/ against whose charms faith melteth into blood/. This is an accident of
When considering the portrayal of gender roles is worth taking a look at the minor characters in Nothing Much To Do. Although the male characters are of as much interest as female ones, it is the minor roles that leave much room for creativeness in adaptations, but are often overlooked by criticism. In Much Ado About Nothing, Ursula and Margaret are Hero 's waiting women and make few appearances in the play. They are present in the dance scene (2.1) where they have a more or less comedic function; While Balthazar and Margaret flirt playfully, Ursula dances with Antonio, Leonato 's brother who has been dropped completely in Nothing Much To Do, and addresses the issue of masquerading and pretending, a reoccurring topic in the play; Ursula recognizes Antonio by his mannerisms despite the mask covering his face.
Aside from the dominant repetition of those themes throughout the comedy, there is another crucial motif in this play: ‘deception’ as a “two-sided coin”. (Lawson, 2009) Richard Henze outlines in his article, ‘Deception in Much Ado about Nothing’, that, “… deception in Much Ado is of two sorts – one leads to social peace and the other breeds conflict and distrust.” Deception itself is not candidly condemned by the play – but the negatives of this attribute by far exceed the ‘truth of deception’, and effectively portrays that deception, as a whole, is a caustic thing. A clear representation of destructive deception is shown through the characterisation of Don John, “the Bastard”, who believes that “any impediment [to others] would be medicinal” to him.
From the start of Much Ado about Nothing, directed by Josie Rourke, starring David Tennant as Benedick and Catherine Tate as Beatrice you notice the modernized aspect of the play. The first scene you have Hero dancing to her Walkman as Beatrice enters. Just by looking at this scene here, you have complete casual dress. You have shorts, t-shirts and flip flops, completely from what Shakespeare’s modern dress was when the play was being written. After that scene you have the introduction of Pedro, Benedick, and Claudio.
As one of the famous comedies of Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing sets up at Messina, where brings the romantic atmosphere of Italy to the play. Through contrasting two types of love stories in the play, Shakespeare indirectly criticizes the men society and the confinement of human nature at the Elizabethan times, which can arouse students’ ponderation of unequal treatment and low social status of women. In addition, he indicates the importance of trust and respect in the relationship between people by way of depicting reputation, slander, deception. As one of the four main characters, Hero is submissive and gentle. Her dutiful image effectively represents the typical Elizabethan women, who were absolutely controlled by the family
We don't esteem the things and adoration we have until we lose them. After getting the news of Hero’s death, Claudio was torn apart inside in his heart. He was wondering that Hero just sacrifice her life for the sake of their love. The image of sacrifice brought the twist in the drama. Claudio has composed a tribute, watching Hero's innocence and lamenting the defamation that he trusts prompted her death.
This past Saturday, October 17, I had the opportunity to watch San Joaquin Delta College’s fall production of Much Ado about Nothing, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really liked the way the set was laid out and used to create visual interest as well as the subtle use of scarfs to create multiple costume changes for each character and also the portrayal of the characters by the actors. Overall I very much enjoyed the show, I have always thought that Much Ado was one of William Shakespeare’s more entertaining plays (a close second to Midsummer Night’s Dream). I thought the characters were very entertaining and enjoyable to watch, the lead actors Yessenia and William did a good job of embodying Beatrice and Benedick and
The play Much Ado About Nothing ends with Act 5 scenes 3 and 4. Scene 3 is one of the shortest scenes in the whole play. In scene 3, Claudio goes to the tomb of Hero where he requested by Leonato to tell everybody that Hero is innocent. He does this by first reading an epitaph aloud. As he reads out the epitaph, he tells everybody to sing solemn hymns.