Much Ado About Nothing Quotes by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing - Characters and Theme GCSE Revision
Much Ado About Nothing - Context
The play takes an ancient theme—that of a woman falsely accused of unfaithfulness—to brilliant comedic heights. Shakespeare sets up a contrast between the conventional Claudio and Hero, who have the usual expectations of each other, and Beatrice and Benedick , who are highly skeptical of romance and courtship and, seemingly, each other. This malicious fiction is soon dispelled, but Claudio seems not to have learned his lesson; he believes Don John a second time, and on a much more serious charge—that Hero is actually sleeping with other men, even on the night before her impending wedding to Claudio. Supported by Don Pedro, who also accepts the story based on seeming visual evidence , Claudio publicly rejects Hero at the wedding ceremony. She is so shamed that her family is obliged to report that she is dead. Former friends are near the point of mayhem until the revelations of the night watch prove the villainy of Don John and the innocence of Hero.
This lesson examines the historical context of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, as well as background for the setting of the play and source material that may have inspired the plot and characters. Shakespeare's earliest work in the late 's until happened.
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Just remember that the fictional context to the events in a text are considered an element of its setting. Authors frequently respond to contemporary or recent issues in works of fiction. Context always has some effect on the meaning of a fictional text. When analysing a text, it is therefore important to make an effort to understand this context. The relationship between the two is not necessarily straightforward, however. Instead, authors respond creatively to their context while also being influenced subconsciously. The events of Much Ado About Nothing are based on ideas about love and marriage which do not always fit easily with beliefs which are popular now, and many readers want to see Shakespeare as overturning or questioning those ideas.