The following paper topics, each with a sample outline, are designed to test your understanding of Much Ado About Nothing.
Each deals with the play as a whole and requires analysis of important themes and literary devices.
Shakespeare interweaves two love stories in Much Ado About
Nothing, the Claudio-Hero plot and the Benedick-Beatrice plot. Write an analytical essay on the ways in which they parallel or counterpoint each other in characterization, in dialogue, and in plot structure.
I. Thesis Statement: The Claudio-Hero and the Benedick-Beatrice love stories are interwoven in Much Ado About Nothing through a series of parallels and contrasts in characterization, in dialogue, and in plot structure.
1,. Hero and Beatrice are kinswomen and good friends and Claudio and Benedick are comrades-in-arms and good friends
2. Both couples knew each other in the past
3. Both couples are learning to discriminate properly and to estimate each other's true value
4. Both couples' ability to love will be tested
1. Claudio and Hero are slaves to convention and Benedick and Beatrice are free spirits
2. Claudio seeks a wooing intermediary and Benedick woos directly
3. Claudio and Hero rely on knowledge, and Benedick and Beatrice rely on their intuition.
4. After professing their love, Claudio and Hero are easily derailed, but nothing will stop Benedick and Beatrice
III. Dialogue A. Parallels
1. Both couples are educated aristocrats
2. Both couples talk about marriage
3. Both Claudio and Benedick speak about their fears of cuckoldry
4. Both couples will learn to speak more directly
1. Claudio and Hero usually speak inverse and Benedick and Beatrice usually speak in prose
2. Claudio and Hero comply with social superior's voices and Benedick and Beatrice challenge social superior's voices
3. Benedick and Beatrice radically change their speech patterns and Claudio and Hero do not
IV Plot structure A. Harmony of plots
1. The Claudio-Hero plot and the Benedick-Beatrice plot are harmonized because they are friends
2. The Claudio-Hero plot and the Benedick-Beatrice plot are harmonized because they are both love stories
3. The Claudio-Hero and the Benedick-Beatrice plot are both harmonized by their gaiety until crisis occurs
B. Polarization of plots
1. The polarization of the plots begin when reflective Benedick will no longer play court jester for Claudio and Don Pedro
2. The crisis in the Claudio-Hero plot, the refusal and accusal of Hero, precipitates an extended crisis in the Benedick-Beatrice plot
3. The crisis in the Benedick-Beatrice plot, Beatrice's demand that Benedick kill Claudio, accelerates the polarization between the two plots
4. The two plots are completely polarized when Benedick agrees to, and then challenges, Claudio
C. Reconciliation of plots
1. The Claudio-Hero plot is reconciled with the Benedick-Beatrice plot when Benedick releases penitent Claudio from his challenge
2. The Claudio-Hero plot is reconciled with the Beatrice-Benedick plot as both couples prepare for their double-wedding
V. Conclusion: Shakespeare uses parallels and counterpoints to interweave two love stories, one based on convention, the other on invention, in a pattern that begins in harmony, splits in crisis, and resolves in reconciliation. Sample Analytical Paper Topics 109
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Beatrice and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing Essay
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Beatrice and Hero in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Beatrice is a young, attractive woman, who lives to be an unconventional member of her community. She is technically a free woman as her father died when she was younger and she has no one to say to her no, or that’s enough, or in general tell her what to do. She lives her life as she wishes and is known as Lady Disdain by one of her fellow characters, Benedick.
However, Hero is the complete opposite to her cousin Beatrice. She too is an only child; she is rich and would be a good catch for any man of her time. She is as decorative as a porcelain doll and never complains. She is also loyal to her friends and family, and always…show more content…
Beatrice sees herself as equal to most men. She is witty and confident, and cannot pass through the day without making a joke or remark about her ultimate opposition, Benedick.
‘Why he is the prince’s Jester’ ===============================
However she doesn’t just make jokes about Benedick, but about the whole of the living, breathing, male race. One of the main reasons that she does this is because of the absence of her father. This has opened her eyes and she is able to see the unfairness of her society. A good example of this is the scene of Hero and Claudio’s wedding. There is no question that Claudio is lying or may be wrong about Hero, and even Hero’s father sides with him.
In the play the audience is also told in so many words that there has once been some kind of relationship between Beatrice and Benedick. This is also a motive for the two to fight like cat and dog, and to make those bad jokes about each other, that the audience has come to know and love.
It would not be possible to describe the character of Beatrice in three or four words, however, sarcastic, confident and fiery are a good start.
When she is constantly reminding the audience of how she dislikes Benedick, the hope of a new love is on the horizon. In the first dance scene,