Importance of Honor
Aubrey, Julio, David, Delaney, and Kennedy 5th Period
Quote from Much Ado about Nothing (4.1)
"I find here that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honor on
a young Florentine called Claudio."(1.1.9)
Claudio’s reputation precedes him, literally – we’re introduced to Claudio’s reputation before we meet him. It’s important that in our first exposure to this central character, the man is judged not by his deeds, but by what people (in this case, Don Pedro) say about him. This ends up being the case for Hero also; her bad reputation doesn’t come about from her actions, which everyone witnesses as pure, but based on Claudio thinking poorly of her.
Refusing to let her father suffer battle, she steals his sword, his armor and his horse. Gently laying her pearled hair comb beside his bed, she takes his conscription papers and rides off into the night, accompanied by her wisecracking dragon companion, Mushu, to fight in his place. In doing what is right, Mulan risks everything to save the country and the father she loves. In Mulan's house, that means her ailing father must go because he has no sons. Mulan already has brought dishonor on the family by meeting disaster with the village matchmaker, yet her brave actions saved China and brought Honor back to her family.
The Theme Handled in Mulan and Much Ado about Nothing
In Mulan, Honor is a main reason that she goes to fight, to protect her father and her family’s pride. In Much Ado about Nothing Honor is the reason people act the way they do. In both of these Honor is the main reason for the characters actions, and the conclusion of the stories.
Honor in our lives
NO HONOR, NO RESPECT
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