Much Ado About Nothing Short Sample Answers

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Why might it be hard to believe that Hero and Claudio really love each other? 4

Speech and conversation are important in the play, and many of the characters have distinctive ways of speaking. How do the characters’ speech patterns differ? 5

How do gossip, conversation, and overhearing function in the play? 6

What does the play say about relationships between women and men? 7

Why might it be hard to believe that Hero and Claudio really love each other?

Many readers have difficulty accepting the romantic relationship between Hero and Claudio. After all, they have barely met before they fall in love and decide to get married, and then Claudio betrays Hero viciously. But the idea of love at first sight was popular in Shakespeare’s day. Romeo and Juliet, for instance, fall in love at first sight. Moreover, Claudio’s methods of courting Hero through other people would have been an accepted tactic among Elizabethan nobility.

Claudio’s belief that Don John’s trick is reality is a much bigger problem. Some readers feel that it is impossible to sympathize with Claudio after he rejects Hero in the church. One fact that defends Claudio is that he is young and inexperienced. Also, Don John is very clever—even the older, more experienced Don Pedro is deceived by his ruse. Hero’s willingness to forgive Claudio is just as disturbing as Claudio’s rejection of Hero. She does not challenge his behavior toward her but instead marries him willingly. In the end, though, Claudio ...

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