A spoof or send-up by satiric ironic imitations. From the sublime to the ridiculous; producing a ludicrous end. The courtship of Claudio and Hero being traditional and pleasant to then be victimized by misunderstanding and rumor and still ending up in marriage. Benedict and Beatrice quarreling also, ridiculously, ending in marriage.
Beatrice, Leonato's niece, asks the messenger about Benedick, Don Pedro's companion, and makes sarcastic remarks about his ineptitude as a soldier.
Leonato explains that "There is a kind of merry war betwixt Signor Benedick and her.
Claudio's feelings for Hero, Leonato's only daughter, are rekindled upon seeing her, and Claudio soon announces to Benedick his intention to court her. Benedick, who openly despises marriage, tries to dissuade his friend but Don Pedro encourages the marriage.
Benedick swears that he will never get married. Don Pedro laughs at him and tells him that when he has found the right person he shall get married.
A masquerade ball is planned in celebration of the end of the war, giving a disguised Don Pedro the opportunity to woo Hero on Claudio's behalf. Don John uses this situation to get revenge on his brother Don Pedro by telling young Claudio that Don Pedro is wooing Hero for himself.
A furious Claudio confronts Don Pedro, but the misunderstanding is quickly resolved and Claudio wins Hero's hand in marriage. Meanwhile, Benedick disguises himself and dances with Beatrice.
Beatrice proceeds to tell this "mystery man" that Benedick is "the prince's jester, a very dull fool. Don Pedro and his men, bored at the prospect of waiting a week for the wedding, harbour a plan to match-make between Benedick and Beatrice.
They arrange for Benedick to overhear a conversation in which they declare that Beatrice is madly in love with him but afraid to tell him; that their pride is the main impediment to their courtship. Meanwhile, Hero and her maid Ursula ensure Beatrice overhears them discuss Benedick's undying love for her.
The tricks have the desired effect: Meanwhile, Don Pedro's brother Don John, the "bastard prince", plots to stop the wedding, embarrass his brother and wreak misery on Leonato and Claudio.
He informs Don Pedro and Claudio that Hero is unfaithful, and arranges for them to see John's associate Borachio enter her bedchamber where he has an amorous liaison actually with Margaret, Hero's chambermaid. Claudio and Don Pedro are taken in, and Claudio vows to humiliate Hero publicly.
Her humiliated father Leonato expresses the wish that she would die. The presiding friar intervenes, believing Hero to be innocent.
He suggests the family must fake Hero's death in order to extract the truth and Claudio's remorse. Prompted by the day's harrowing events, Benedick and Beatrice confess their love for each other.
Beatrice then asks Benedick to slay Claudio as proof of his devotion, since he has slandered her kinswoman. Benedick is horrified and at first denies her request.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 Comedy. The plot has two classic Shakespearean tip offs that this play is probably a comedy: nobody dies, and there are some marriages.
Also a good sign that we’re dealing with a comedy: the play is funny. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing is a short play by Shakespeare, which has comedy, romance, suspense and a lot of drama twisted into several hundred lines of verse.
Much Ado About Nothing pits male bonding against heterosexual relationships. Emma Smith examines this conflict and the ways in which it threatens the play's status as comedy. Emma Smith examines this conflict and the ways in which it threatens the play's status as comedy.
For example, "Much Ado About Nothing" starts as a comedy, but takes on some of the characteristics of a tragedy when Hero is disgraced and fakes her own death.
At this point, the play has more in common with "Romeo and . May 26, · Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well/10(41K).