Much Ado About Nothing

By: Marie Berna

The Masked Ball

The Masked Ball set the scene for the marriage of Claudio and Hero, along with the first glimpse of Don John's treachery. Here we see that Don John tries to start a fight by saying that Don Pedro is wooing Hero for himself, and not Claudio. However Don John's plan falls through, leaving him to try a different tactic. The Masked Ball also introduced the audience to many new characters. As a whole the scene exposed the audience to Don John's attempt on turmoil, how good of a friend Don Pedro is to Claudio, and how easily Claudio could be swayed.

The Window Scene

The Window Scene allowed the audience to be fully exposed to how far Don John will go to create drama. It is revealed to the audience that Don John has a personal vendetta against Claudio, because he is a decorated war hero and Don John is not. The audience sees that Don John does not care about who he hurts in the revenge process, in this case it was innocent Hero and Margret. This scene causes Claudio to later embarrass Hero at the alter by slandering her repuation with the rumor.

The Marriage of Claudio and Hero

The investigation concludes that Hero was set up, which cleared her name, but unfortunately Hero was "dead." Realizing he was wrong Claudio chose to man up and accept a marriage to Hero's masked cousin, who turned out to be undead Hero. This scene showed Claudio had matured and abandoned the fear of being controlled, showing he was truly ready to marry. This scene also showed how forgiving Hero was to Claudio for slandering her name all because of a false accusation.
Taylor Swift - Love Story

Love Can Conquer All

The relationship between Claudio and Hero had to overcome a huge obstacle of mistrust and slander. In Taylor Swift's Love Song Romeo and Juliet face the obstacle of forbidden love. In the line "Little did I know that you were Romeo you were throwing pebbles and my daddy said 'Stay away from Juliet" the audience is introduced to conflict. Later in the song Taylor says, "Marry me Juliet you'll never have to be alone... I talked to your dad go pick out a white dress It's a love story Baby just say, 'Yes'" the audience learns that the conflict was resolved, and that love had conquered the difficulty of forbidden love. The relationship between Claudio and Hero had to overcome betrayal, however through Hero's "death" Claudio realized his error in judgement, and the two were reunited in the end. Another couple that proved love can conquer all is the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice. Neither of the two had thought they would ever marry, just like Taylor doubted she could ever be with her Romeo, however, in the end, love proved stronger than the opposing force.