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Much Ado About Nothing Themes

Much Ado About Nothing Themes

Marriage

Marriage is front and center in Much Ado About Nothing. In the first scene in the first act, Claudio sets eyes on Hero and intends to marry her. (He moves fast.) The plot thickens: there’s s...

Lies and Deceit

Lies and cheating is ever-present in Much Ado About Nothing... but the characters never expect it. This is one gullible crew.Deception appears as the tool of villains to spread chaos and...

Language and Communication

In a play involving so many schemes, language is an important tool (for both good and semi-evil, naturally).Characters’ feelings and intentions are hidden as often as they are illuminated by...

Love

Ah l'amour.Love in Much Ado About Nothing is a super-complicated topic. First of all, none of the characters explicitly seek love out—love is always second to something else in this play. Love mi...

Respect and Reputation

Reputations in Much Ado About Nothing seem to be easily made... and just as easily lost. The primary conflict of the play surrounds Hero, one of the female leads, unfairly losing her reputation as...

Transformation

Transformation is kind of bizarre in Much Ado About Nothing. Ultimately, the good characters stay good and the villain remains bad. It's not like Don John is cuddling puppies at the end of the play...

Gender

Gender (always a loaded theme) is super-loaded in Much Ado About Nothing. A bunch of characters are subject to limitations and expectations because of their gender: Hero willingly submits to her fa...

Pride

Pride is everywhere in Much Ado About Nothing—not because any of the characters suffer from pridefulness, but mostly because characters are made susceptible when their pride is wounded. Prid...

Maturity

Maturity operates in Much Ado About Nothing as a marker of age and veneration, but also of personal growth. The young characters—Claudio, Benedick, Beatrice, and Hero—are all immature in matter...

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