Much Ado About Nothing By Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing Is Considered A Comedy, But The Decision By Claudio To Publicly Disgrace Hero Appears To Be Far From Humorous

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Shakespeare really wrote three different types of play. These three groups were his Histories such as 'Richard II' and 'Henry V', his Tragedies like 'King Lear' and 'Macbeth'; and finally his comedies. His plays were differentiated according to the themes they dealt with etc. One such play written between 1596 and 1599 was 'Much Ado About Nothing'. 'Much Ado About Nothing' came under the title of a comedy, which was shown in the text by Shakespeare's use of light language with good-natured wit and repartee, his use of the idiotic constable Dogberry and his rambling incoherence; and the 'merry' war between Beatrice and Signor Benedick. During the time of its first performance 'Much Ado About Nothing would have gained much popularity among all those who viewed it because of its good nature. 'Much Ado About Nothing' dealt ...view middle of the document...

This man is Claudio. Because of this Don John has a deep resentment for Claudio and seeks out to make him pay for his part in the war. His first plan backfires due to the fact that he did not think it out properly, but he then learns of the impending marriage of Hero and Claudio but struggles for a plan. It is his sidekick Borachio who then devises a plan to defame Hero by claiming that she had been deflowered before her marriage. He would go with Margaret (One of Hero's gentlewomen) who would be dressed as Hero and they would appear at Hero's bedroom window where he would claim his love for her, meanwhile Don John would tell his brother Don Pedro and Count Claudio of the things he has seen, "I came hither to tell you, and circumstances shortened, the lady is disloyal." 3.2.75-6. Don John then further convinces the pair in asking them to come and see for themselves, "If you dare not trust that you see, confess not that you know: if you will follow me, I will show you enough..." 3.2.88-9. It is at this point that Claudio decides to publicly disgrace Hero, "if I see anything tonight, why I should not marry her tomorrow in the congregation, where I should wed, there will I shame her." 3.2.91-2.This scene clearly presents a bit of relief from the comedy in the play. This would have also entertained the people viewing the play at the time with the themes of deceit and also giving the audience some suspense as they waited to see the reaction of Claudio and Don Pedro. Also this scene provides a reason for the character of Dogberry as he becomes the hero of the play as he resolves the complication in the funniest of ways, which would have had people 'rolling in the aisles' through the use of Dogberry's linguistic incoherence and malapropisms. The play then regains its light heartedness as Don John no longer appears in the last scene allowing the broken relationships to mend. The play therefore ends on an apparently happy note, with most differences resolved.

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