Claudius hastily married King Hamlet's widow, GertrudeHamlet's mother, and took the throne for himself. Denmark has a long-standing feud with neighbouring Norway, in which King Hamlet slew King Fortinbras of Norway in a battle some years ago. Although Denmark defeated Norway, and the Norwegian throne fell to King Fortinbras's infirm brother, Denmark fears that an invasion led by the dead Norwegian king's son, Prince Fortinbrasis imminent.
Benedick, Claudio, and Don Pedro all produce the kind of witty banter that courtiers used to attract attention and approval in noble households. Courtiers were expected to speak in highly contrived language but to make their clever performances seem effortless.
According to this work, the ideal courtier masks his effort and appears to project elegance and natural grace by means of what Castiglione calls sprezzatura, the illusion of effortlessness. Benedick and his companions try to display their polished social graces both in their behavior and in their speech.
The play pokes fun at the fanciful language of love that courtiers used. When Claudio falls in love, he tries to be the perfect courtier by using intricate language.
Although the young gallants in the play seem casual in their displays of wit, they constantly struggle to maintain their social positions. When Claudio believes that Don Pedro has deceived him and wooed Hero not for Claudio but for himself, he cannot drop his polite civility, even though he is full of despair.
Claudio remains polite and nearly silent even though he is upset, telling Benedick of Don Pedro and Hero: Clearly, Claudio chooses his obedience to Don Pedro over his love for Hero.
Claudio displays social grace, but his strict adherence to social propriety eventually leads him into a trap. He abandons Hero at the wedding because Don John leads him to believe that she is unchaste marriage to an unchaste woman would be socially unacceptable.
Deception as a Means to an End The plot of Much Ado About Nothing is based upon deliberate deceptions, some malevolent and others benign.
In a more lighthearted vein, Beatrice and Benedick are fooled into thinking that each loves the other, and they actually do fall in love as a result.
Much Ado About Nothing shows that deceit is not inherently evil, but something that can be used as a means to good or bad ends. In the play, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between good and bad deception.
When Claudio announces his desire to woo Hero, Don Pedro takes it upon himself to woo her for Claudio. Then, at the instigation of Don John, Claudio begins to mistrust Don Pedro, thinking he has been deceived. The masking of Hero and the other women reveals that the social institution of marriage has little to do with love.
In the end, deceit is neither purely positive nor purely negative: The Importance of Honor The aborted wedding ceremony, in which Claudio rejects Hero, accusing her of infidelity and violated chastity and publicly shaming her in front of her father, is the climax of the play.
For a woman to lose her honor by having sexual relations before marriage meant that she would lose all social standing, a disaster from which she could never recover.
Furthermore, he speaks of her loss of honor as an indelible stain from which he cannot distance himself, no matter how hard he tries: For women in that era, the loss of honor was a form of annihilation.Guide to Theory of Drama. Manfred Jahn. Full reference: Jahn, Manfred.
A Guide to the Theory of Drama. Part II of Poems, Plays, and Prose: A Guide to the Theory of Literary Genres. English Department, University of Cologne.
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in and , as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career.
The play was included in the First Folio, published in By means of "noting" (which, in Shakespeare's day, sounded similar to "nothing" as in the play's title, and which means gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and.
A contemporary review of a play I did not see: Cold Fury (31 January ) starring Sam Wanamaker, Bernard Lee Script: James Workman Director: Dennis Vance A review by G Taylor- "Armchair Theatre came up with 'AN Adults Only' piece.
Many different themes can be found in the first act.
In fact, the very first scene lays out most of the play's major themes. Listed below are a few:The theme of men being honorable is first.
Allusions are used by authors as metaphors or similes. In his play 'Macbeth,' William Shakespeare uses many allusions to add description. In this. Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in and , as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career.
The play was included in the First Folio, published in By means of "noting" (which, in Shakespeare's day, sounded similar to "nothing" as in the play's title, and which .