April 17, 2010

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

For my Classics Challenge, I needed to read a book published prior to the 19th century. I chose
Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare.
This story circles around Hero and Claudio, Don Pedro and his brother John the Bastard, and Beatrice and Benedick. Hero and Beatrice are cousins who are at Hero's home when Don Pedro and his entourage return from war. Hero's father asks them to stay on for a month. Claudio declares his love for Hero to his friends. Beatrice and Benedick fight a lot and declare that they will never fall in love with anyone and their friends decide to play matchmaker with the two pessimists.  Through a bunch of misunderstandings caused mainly by the deception of John the Bastard, the play has many Shakespearean twists. If you enjoyed Taming of the Shrew, Tempest or Othello, you would more than likely also enjoy this play.

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