MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: RIASSUNTO
Shakespeare wrote this comedy about 1598-99; it was published in a quarto edition in 1600.
It was known in several poetical and dramatic adaptations.
The author inspired himself from Bandello’s “Novelle”, from Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso”, and he was influenced by Castiglione’s “Il Cortegiano” for the sub-plot of Beatrice and Benedick, even if it seems that it is Shakespeare’s own.
The prince of Aragon, Don Pedro, followed by Claudio and Benedick, goes to visit Leonato, governor of Messina, Hero’s father and Beatrice’s uncle.
Claudio immediately falls in love with Hero and they decide to marry.
Beatrice and Benedick, instead, are always quarrelling, so the friends want them to fall in love with each other: Don Pedro, Leonato and Claudio make Benedick believe Beatrice loves him, while Hero and one of her ladies make Beatrice believe Benedick loves her.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING RIASSUNTO IN INGLESE
Don John, Don Pedro’s bastard brother, pretends of being favourable to the marriage of Claudio and Hero, but really he tries to ruin it: the night before the wedding, his servant Borachio pretends to talk to Hero, but the woman he talks with is Margaret, a gentlewoman attending on Hero.
Claudio and Don Pedro see them chatting, so the next day Claudio refuses to marry Hero; she swoons and Leonato decides to simulate that she is dead until the truth would have come out.
Meanwhile Borachio, drunk, confesses Don John’s trap to his companion, but some sentinels, headed by two foolish officers, hear him.
Having known the trap, Claudio offers himself to marry a cousin of Hero’s to be forgiven by Leonato.
Even Benedick and Beatrice get married and Don John is arrested and punished.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING RIASSUNTO BREVE
The characters. Though the plot of Hero and Claudio is the main subject of the drama, with the scene of the refuse of Claudio in the church and the final effect of the false dead who resurrects, it isn’t the lively part of the story. The passions and the feelings of the characters aren’t strong and Don John’s personality is hardly mentioned; Claudio appears mechanical and inhuman in his changes of humour.
Instead Benedick and Beatrice are described accurately: they are sarcastic, acute, cheerful, funny and, above all, proud of not being married, but in the end they evolve getting married: they are the so-called round characters. Beatrice assumes the features of a dramatic character, when she sincerely gets angry for the injustice suffered by her cousin Hero.