Significance of Honor in Much Ado About Nothing.docx

Significance of Honor in Much Ado About Nothing.docx -...

This preview shows page 1 - 3 out of 7 pages.

Surname 1 Name: Tutor: Course: Date: Significance of Honor in Much Ado About Nothing “Much Ado About Nothing” is a play by William Shakespeare that takes a comical approach in which he details the story of the main proponent, Claudio, who falls in love with Hero, Leonato’s daughter. The story takes place in the town of Messina and is filled with struggles for love as people go through challenges to be with whom they love. Although Claudio ends up marrying Hero, it does not materialize easily ( Shakespeare 1) . The love between Benedick and Beatrice also has a setback in that they are not willing to accept the affection that they have for one another. It also evident that there are people who are keen on destroying the happiness that the lover has as demonstrated in the actions that Don John did with the aim to separate Claudio and Hero. The narrative seeks to explore the significance of honor in “Much Ado About Nothing.” In the play, honor plays a central role in that it shows the value that friends have for one another. The case is demonstrated in the act of courtesy that Leonato extended to his friends, Don Pedro, Claudio and Benedick. Don Pedro is a prince and a close friend to Leonato with whom they have shared many stories before. Leonato feels elated to host him in his home. Claudio and Benedick are fellow soldiers to Don Pedro ( Shakespeare 23) . They receive the invitation to Leonato’s home, owing to the good relationship that exists between him and the prince. The invitation, therefore, shows the idea that the concept of honor among men is tied to being able to
Image of page 1

Subscribe to view the full document.

Surname 2 rise to the occasion on the basis of the relationship that exists between to people. As a result, one is able to show goodness to others where he identifies that they are together with the person whom they are close to. Honor is also shown in the restraint that Claudio has in the feelings that he holds regarding Hero, Leonato’s daughter. Claudio has the full understanding of the respect that exists between him and Leonato. He is also appreciative in the fact that Leonato was willing to host them. Therefore, he does not wish to harm the relationship that exists between him and his friend. He, therefore, seeks to hide the affection that he has towards Hero, although other people come to get notice of it within time. The action by Claudio, therefore, depict a man who is deeply rooted in character and sticking to the values that guide him. Therefore, he holds the idea that failing to open up regarding the love that he has for hero will be among the best way of safeguarding his friendship and Leonato. However, honor is extended by Leonato in the play allowing Claudio to form a relationship with his daughter, Hero. He tells Hero, “Daughter, remember what I told you: if the prince do solicit you in that kind, you know your answer” (Shakespeare 56). His words,
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
You've reached the end of this preview.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern