Much Ado About Nothing
Mr. Allan Bassler
29th October 2014
Purpose: Evaluate the play Much Ado About Nothing
Media: Printed on paper
Evaluate the play “Much Ado About Nothing” written by William Shakespeare. Giving a character analysis, brief summary and review.
Much Ado about Nothing
Important characters in the play:
1. Beatrice- Leanato’s niece and Hero’s cousin. She is generous and loving. 2. Benedick- An aristocratic soldier who has been recently fighting under Don Pedro and Claudio. Benedick is very witty, always making jokes and puns. 3. Claudio- A young soldier who has won great acclaim fighting under Don Pedro during the war in the play. 4. Hero- The beautiful young daughter of Leanato and the cousin of Beatrice. Hero is lovely, gentle and kind. She falls in love with Claudio. 5. Don Pedro- An important nobleman from Aragon (Aragon is an autonomous community in Spain). He is a long friend of Leonato, Hero’s father and is also close to the soldier who have been fighting under them- Claudio and Benedick. He is generous, courteous and intelligent. 6. Leanato- A respected, well-to-do, elderly noble at whose home, in Messina, Italy, the play is set. He is the father of Hero and Benedick’s uncle. 7. Don John- The illegitimate brother of Don Pedro. Don John is melancholy and sullen by nature. He is the villain of the play. 8. Borachio- An associate of Don John. He conspires with Don John to trick Claudio and Don Pedro into thinking that hero is unfaithful to Claudio. 9. Margaret- Hero’s serving woman, who helps Borachio and Don John deceive Claudio into thinking Hero is unfaithful. 10. Dogberry- The constable in charge of or chief policeman of Messina. Dogberry is very sincere and takes his job seriously. Much Ado about Nothing was written in 1600 by William Shakespeare. This evaluation is based on the performance of this play by Globe theatre production. Play summary
In Messina as Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, who returns from a recently concluded war, sends out a message to Leonato that he wants to visit his house for a month. The play is entirely set in Leonato’s house. Don Pedro and his men arrive with Claudio who is attracted to Leonato’s only daughter Hero. Another visitor is Benedick a bachelor, who enjoy’s speaking his mind in witty arguments with Hero’s cousin Beatrice. Leonato holds a masked ball to celebrate the end of war and the engagement to Claudio and Hero is arranged. While his brother Don John, resenting the celebration seeks a way to stop the celebration. Don John plots a cynical plan with his associate Borochio to deceive Claudio into believing that Hero is false to him. A trick is carried out with the assistance of Hero’s maid, Margaret, who talks from Hero’s bedroom window with Borachio at night, while Claudio watches from a distance with a delusion that the girl at the window is Hero. Hero and Don John meanwhile are convinced Benedick and Beatrice are ideal partners and by means of overheard conversation the two realize that they indeed are in love with one another. At the wedding Claudio denounces Hero and leaves her apparently dead from shock, while her father, Beatrice and Benedick, are amazed at the situation, decide with the help of the priest that the Hero’s name should be concealed till her name is cleared. Meanwhile, the village constable Dogberry and his assistant arrest Borachio and Don John after overhearing them boasting of their deception of Claudio. The play comes to a joyful conclusion when Dogberry’s information is eventually given to Leonato and Don Pedro. Claudio agrees to accept Leonato’s niece, who he has never met, in place of Hero. The niece turns out to be Hero in the end and the lovers are reunited. Benedick and Beatrice decide...
References: 1. "Much Ado about Nothing." Cliffsnotes. Web. .
2. Much Ado About Nothing. Dir. Jeremy Herrin. Perf. Charles Edwards and Eve Best. Globe Theatre, 2011. DVD.
3. Theatre 105 class.
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