His apparent misogyny and unwillingness to make a commitment to a woman are almost stereotypes early in the play. Benedick has probably had a lot of experience with women, only one of whom was Beatrice. Throughout the early scenes, his exchanges with Beatrice create a feeling that he "doth protest too much" — that is, he really harbors at least affection for Beatrice.
University of Toronto English Library Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon, pays a visit to Leonata, the governor of Messina, while returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother, Don John. Accompanying him are two of his officers, Benedick and Claudio. While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato's daughter, Hero; Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice, the governor's niece.
The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for the marriage. Meanwhile, the trickery begins as Don Pedro with the help of Leonato and Claudio attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to make the two of them fall in love.
Likewise, Hero and her waiting woman help to set up Beatrice.
Both Benedick and Beatrice will think that the other has professed a great love for them. The marriage of Claudio to Hero is set to go. First, he tells Claudio that Pedro wants Hero for himself; next, he enlists the aid of his henchman Borachio and one of Hero's gentlewomen disguised as Hero to stage an encounter that will bring Hero's virtue into question.
Claudio falls for the ruse and denounces Hero at the altar. Friar Francis helps her, hiding her away and enlisting the aid of Leonata, who announces that his daughter has died of grief from the proceeding.
Fortunately for Hero, Borachio is arrested while drunkenly boasting of his part in the plan and the 1, ducats paid him. With Borachio's confession, Hero is to be exonerated. Claudio and Hero are reunited, Benedick and Beatrice will wed alongside them, and they receive the news that the bastard Don John has been apprehended.BENEDICK: O, she misused me past the endurance of a block!
An oak but with one green leaf on it would have answered her; my very visor began to assume life and scold with her. A summary of Themes in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
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Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Script of Act I Much Ado About Nothing The play by William Shakespeare. Introduction This section contains the script of Act I of Much Ado About Nothing the play by William monstermanfilm.com enduring works of William Shakespeare feature many famous and well loved characters.
At a Glance. Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon, pauses on his journey home to visit Leonato, the Governor of Messina. With Don Pedro are his brother, Don John, and his two friends Claudio and Benedick. Joss Whedon does a great rendition of the Shakespeare Classic "Much Ado About Nothing".
It has actors from all his best projects including Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse and more. Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to two different producers but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing his next masterpiece.