Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing

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In a beautiful Italian town, love is in the air. But the path of true love is never easy, especially when other people try to cause problems.

This comedy was first written in 1598, and since then it has been a favourite for theatres, television and the cinema.

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What's your opinion of Hero and Claudio's relationship? Do you think they will have a happy marriage?

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icecream1337's picture
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Yes, I believe so. Even though people tried to draw them apart and almost succeded, they proved that they were meant for each other. Their love for each other did not die even though Hero for one second were, The ending is obviosly magical and joyfull, Hero forgives Claudio and they become man and wife. And because they could put aside their differences and issues, I believe they will live happily ever after.

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IWOUTO1337's picture
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Yes, well I rally hope so. Think about what they've gone through they must have a strong bonde together. By the end of the play it also says: All's well that ends well, this indicates that they will have a happy and good life together as a married couple.

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00sil02's picture
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I really hope so!! I think that they will live happy together and their relationship will be very strong because of the things that they've gone through. It seems like they have forgotten each other and hopefully they will not fight.

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STS_Wyvern's picture
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You know, this is the first Shakespeare play I can feel with because the characters are driven by something other than hate or paranoia but something that is more relatable. Suspicion and love. Both are feelings very special to me which is why I liked it so much.

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goppis1337's picture
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I believe that they will have a happy marriage. After going through a thing like this and still love eachother, I think it is meant to be.

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TovaBerntsson's picture
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I Think they will have they will be happy together because it was all just a missunderstanding. It wasn´t like someone cheeted, they just thaught so. I actually belive that they will live happy ever after because they sound so cute and good for eachother so I Think it will work out really good.

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Dade's picture
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Even though at the end they seem to be happy and thankful for being reunited, I believe the relationship could be quite the opposite since Claudio already has had doubts about Hero.

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GustafBen's picture
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I think their marriage will work out fine since they solved their problems before the wedding. It's good to put all the cards on the table before you spend your days together for the rest of your lifes.

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FeddiH's picture
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I believe that their marriage might be happy. They obviously have some trust issues that need to be resolved, but otherwise I think that their marriage will go well.

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Alvv's picture
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I think that they might have a happy marriage, as long as everything gets cleared up I think that they'll have a happy marriage, even though they might have some minor trust issues.

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Daffodil4's picture
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I think they are a loving couple and will have a happy marriage, because they truly love each other and have forgiven the other’s mistakes. Both of them are sorry for the misunderstanding between them, and all they want is to be together again and live a happy life.

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daisybuchanan's picture
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After going through such a mess that Hero and Claudio have, and them still loving each other, it must be close to impossible for them to have an unhappy marriage.

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Dugg's picture
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Yes! I think they will make a good couple they both seem to be alike and love each other . I think going thru all of that drama on one day, only made more faithful to each other and more loving.

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Paula2205's picture
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I certainly believe they will. Claudio's fear of unfaithfulness is very understandable. Faithfulness, some would argue, is the most important part of a monogamous relationship. Betraying that bond of trust can and should be taken very seriously. The fault, of course, lays on the people who went through with the prank. So I understand that Hero forgave him for publically shaming her. Maybe she believe she'd react in a similar way in that situation. The important part is that they seem to love each other very much.

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matildae's picture
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I think they will have a happy marriage, because it's clear they are in love. I do think both of them are to impulsive, but I hope they will learn from Cladios mistake (accusing Hero in front of everyone).

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TheVolumebar's picture
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I do, actually, don't know why. They seemed like that nice couple down the street who you meet every now and then, and that's having their first baby. They seem in love, like Jane and Charles in Pride and Prejuice, a sweet, loving couple to contrast the firey and agressive couple that in this case is Beatrice and Bennedick. (In Pride and Prejuice it's Mr Darcy and Elisabeth.)

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Ameno's picture
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Yes, I think that they will have a happy marriage because they seemed like a loving couple. I also think that Claudio will trust Hero more now that he knows that Hero being unfaithful was just a joke. So yes, in my opinion Claudio and Hero will be together for a long time and have a happy marriage.

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LallareN's picture
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I don't think they will have a very happy marriage since it seems that Claudio is quite shallow and paranoid. He also doesn't trust his soon to be wife which is weird.

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CheckpointKalle's picture
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I feel like the ending really makes you want to think that they will live "happily ever after", but if you look at Claudio's behaviour earlier in the play (when he thinks that Hero is being unfaithful) I'm a bit worried for their relationship. I can't see why Claudio wouldn't talk to Hero about the incident before the wedding, if he now loved her as much as it seemed. Still Hero forgave him, but I think their communication might not be the best and that's why I think they might not stick together for that long.

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Jonathan - Coordinator's picture
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Good comment. I know what you mean. I think Claudio really does love Hero but he is too easily manipulated and what he does at the wedding is inexcusable. I hope he has learnt his lesson at the end of the play but I'm not sure.
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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lor123's picture
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Their relationship doesn't feel very genuine; there's trust and communication problems. Otherwise Claudio would've reacted differently and not in such a childish manner. I don't think their marriage is going to last, everything was too rushed, they don't have a steady ground.

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Stinaj's picture
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Even though it's a happy ending, I am quite bothered by Claudio's actions throughout the story. Instead of asking Hero in private if she had been unfaithful to him so that they could have a conversation about it, he decided to publicly humiliate her in front of her friends and family without even knowing the whole truth to it. Even so, I think that Claudio and Hero will have a happy marriage ahead of them as they are clearly in love with each other.

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adde00's picture
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I would argue that they will have a happy marriage because they love each other so much so that they are able to forgive the other person after the little incident at their first wedding. It is also said at the end of the story : All's well that ends well, which indicates that they will have a lovely and happy life together as husband and wife.

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poppymoore's picture
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I think Claudio should have been more trusting . He should not have publicly led down hero without discussing it with her, but Hero loved him truly and forgave him which proves that she believed that Claudio would never hurt her intentionaly. So, I think that if Claudio would not make the mistake of doubting Hero they can have a very happy married life.

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Ken's picture
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You're right, poppymore.
You know what, our life is full of contradictions!
People tend to make fun of an honest man like Claudio, who is such a good guy to be deceived easily but to achieve his love and dream. So I don't want to blame his innocense...
Anyway, happy ending!

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Silvermist's picture
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"All's well that ends well." Famous quote of Much ado about nothing. Yet about this end that ends well, there is one tiny detail that i have given my attention to. Even if Claudio had been trick if they really were in love wouldn't the faith in one another led to have the whole situation avoided? Else Claudio could have discussed with Hero.
As controversial might it be and the fact that I could be controversial about the ending, frankly, the happy ending is obvious. Because I view it in a way that in the end Claudio realizes the purity of Hero and feels guilty in not believing in her and also as Hero forgives Claudio, their relationship, the bond between man and wife is stronger than ever.

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