Much Ado About Nothing Study Guide

Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare

Don Pedro, a prince, and his deputies Claudio and Benedick, have just returned to Messina from a battle. Leonato, governor of Messina, invites them to stay with him and decides to put on a masquerade.

Benedick has long been the adversary of Leonato's niece Beatrice, and they fall to arguing as ever. Leonato's only daughter, Hero, has long been the target of Claudio's crush, and Claudio shortly announces his intention to court her. Don Pedro encourages him, and tells the cynical Benedick that even he will get married when he finds the right person.

At the masquerade, Don Pedro woos Hero on behalf of Claudio, but his bastard brother Don John interferes and tells Claudio that Don Pedro is wooing her for his own purposes. Claudio and Don Pedro argue, but resolve the situation, and Claudio wins Hero's hand; they will be married in one week.

Don Pedro gets bored and decides to match up Benedick with his nemesis Beatrice. His men proclaim Beatrice's love for Benedick while he is "secretly" evesdropping; the women do the same to Beatrice. Each understands that they have the reputation of being "too proud" to admit the love of the other, and each decides to resolve the situation in the other's favor.

Meanwhile, Don Jon enacts a plan to make Hero seem like she's cheating on Claudio, and almost everyone believes it. The next day, Claudio refuses to marry Hero, and he and Don Pedro humiliate her in front of everyone. The friar convinces Leonato to fake Hero's death to extract the truth of the situation.

Leonato blames Don Pedro and Claudio for Hero's death, and Beatrice pushes Benedick to join them. All three challenge Claudio to dules. However, that same night, the Watch has apprehended Don John's henchmen, and obtain their confessions, informing Leonato of his daughter's innocence. Leonato sends a force to capture Don John, who has run from the city.

Claudio maintains that he made an honest mistake, and agrees to marry Hero's cousin in her place. During the second wedding scene, the "cousin" is unmaked as Hero herself, and Beatrice and Benedick finally confess their love for one another as well. A messenger enters announcing Don John's capture, and they all live happily ever after.

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