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Much Ado About Nothing Essay 2

1001 words - 5 pages

Eric Powell
Mrs. Gloria Tidwell
English 271
May 4, 2012

Much Ado About Nothing

I would like to start off by saying wow! This play, Much Ado About Nothing, was stunning and totally caught me off guard. I didn’t know that reading Shakespeare would be fun and enjoyable. All the plays I have read by Shakespeare have been tragedies so I thought all his plays were gloomy and ended on a sad note. It is so fortunate that I got the opportunity to read this play and see another side of the magnificent Shakespeare. During the play there was a lot of word play and scheming both good and bad. All this was fascinating to me but what really got my attention and my brain turning was the prince, ...view middle of the document...

The thing that is confusion to me is why he went about getting the two of them together in the manner he did. He is the prince so why didn’t he just tell Claudio to make his love known to Hero and he would give his blessing as the prince and all would be glorious. It seems to me the prince wanted a little more to do with the bringing of young Hero and Claudio together than normal. It is like he had something to prove to himself or to Claudio. He gives off the vibe that he is the prince and I can get any women or give any women I wanted too. Don Pedro means well and has all the intentions of giving Hero to Claudio but he seems to want control of the situation. These are not bad characteristics for the prince but it does give an elusive feel for him.
Now that the prince has his hands in Hero and Claudio’s arrangement it seems he just couldn’t stop there. So now he has this elaborate plan to bring the two wittiest characters in the play together, Benedick and Beatrice. The motive for him doing this is unclear like before but open to interpretation. This again is the prince trying to show his power and control over events. He has all the best intentions and wishes good upon everyone but he wants to show off. It feels like he is boasting because he feels he is better than cupid. He is the prince and he is clever and everyone should know this. He does not come out and say this of course but that’s what I get from his character. Also when the prince is talking to...

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