Engl3700: Restoration and 18th-Century literature, January 24.docx
University of Lethbridge
January 24 2014 – English 3700
Watched the end of Much Ado About Nothing
Primary and Secondary pairs. Claudio admires Hero from afar (love sonnet, either a virgin or a
whore) conventional love, Claudio loves in extremes. Beatrice and Benedict rebellious and
unconventional, they have witty, flirty battle.
Huge stain on their chances in life if someone is illegitimate (born out of marriage).
Black character, the prince. He is an outsider, Beatrice rejects him. Ends not getting married.
Might have been racist on the part of the director. His brother is also an outsider, Don Jon (a
scholar suggests that he was gay).
In Shakespeare’s time if one were to commit suicide they cannot be buried in sacred soil.
Dishonors the family.
Idea of double: double heroes, double wedding,