Much Ado About Nothing
Written between 1598 and 1600
by William Shakespeare
Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon
Don John, his bastard brother
Claudio, a young lord of Florence
Benedick, a young lord of Padua
Leonato, governor of Messina
Antonio, his brother
Borachio, follower of Don John
Hero, daughter to Leonato
Beatrice, niece to Leonato
Margaret and Ursula, gentlewoman attending on Hero
Dogberry, a constable
Shakespeare, master of tragedy, well-known for his excellent writing, plots and by the way he focuses different themes, is also the author of the world wide known tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet".
Nevertheless, he also wrote poems, roman themes, tragedies with happy endings, dramas and comedies. "Much Ado About Nothing" is classified as a comedy and also as a drama for some.
It covers a wide range of human experiences: fidelity, deception, love (through outer and inner beauty), hate, envy, blind trust and hanger.
The main story is set around two different couples: Claudio-Hero and Benedick-Beatrice.
The first couple fall in love when they meet each other, and by not knowing anything about each other, they will have to face a big test to their love that has to survive no matter what comes against it. The second couple brings up the fresh air of a funny relationship, filled with so much "disdain" that it can only mean one thing: love. But none of them wants to admit it and they will have to grow up on their beliefs to find the full happiness.
The plot is set in Messina, Italy, and it starts with the returning of Don Pedro, Don John, Borrachio, Benedick and Claudio from war, where they all have been brave soldiers. Heading to Leonato's house, some will suffer there the hardest test to their wisdom, trust...