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From the first moment Claudio is mentioned in Much Ado About Nothing, so is his youth. One of the most notable things about the "young Florentine called Claudio" is his tender age. This reference serves a few purposes:
As in most of William Shakespeare's works, Much Ado About Nothing is filled with double entendres and dirty jokes, some of which are downright scandalous. For example:
These jokes are of course meant to be entertaining, but like the rest of the language in the play, they also indicate important qualities of the characters who tell them and hear them. Beatrice's double entendres are sly and not immediately recognizable as such, while Margaret's puns and quips are intended to be salacious. Beatrice is praised for her wit, which is much like that of the men in the play, while Margaret is called out for being vulgar. Thus Beatrice is established as nobility and an equal to the men in the play, while Margaret is constantly trying to claw her way into the upper class. And Hero, who represents Elizabethan femininity at its best, is shocked when Margaret even mentions sex. She would never be caught saying such things.