Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

      Some of Shakespeare’s characters are people we might chance to meet very often in our life.

      Benedick, a soldier, is such a man. Benedick swore that he would not marry ever. However, when he overheard that he was loved by Beatrice, who had been openly despising and ridiculing him, he changed his mind.

      Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing is another comedy that deals with people of unrequited love and adoration.

      Don Pedro, a prince from Aragon, tried to woo Hero, daughter of Leonato, governor of Messina on behalf of Claudio, Don’s friend. His illegitimate brother was villainous and tried to belittle him and ruin Claudio’s relationship with Hero. He also humiliated Hero publically. Hero’s death was faked in order to convince Claudio of her true love. Finally, the truth was revealed and the wedding between Claudio and Hero took place.

      Beatrice and Benedick also married each other. The villain was captured and punished. In the last scene, Don Pedro, lonely and unloved, is given advice by Benedick and it is a famous phrase:’ get thee a wife’.

      The play was probably written between 1598 and 1599.

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