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Act 4 Scene 1
Transcript of Act 4 Scene 1
Hero is shamed at her wedding
She faints and is declared dead
Beatrice asks Benedick to prove his love by killing Claudio.
The wedding ceremony begins. Leonato is anxious for it to go well.
Eventually Claudio takes over the service and shames Hero for allegedly being unfaithful.
He is backed up by Don Pedro and Don John.
Benedick, Beatrice and the Friar hold back.
The Friar detected signs of innocence in Hero and persuades Leonato to announce her death to gain her sympathy.
Benedick consoles a tearful Beatrice which leads to mutual confessions of love.
He is asked to prove his love by killing Claudio.
He eventually agrees.
Predict what happens next.....
The Claudio-Hero, Beatrice-Benedick, Don John plots come together all with successful deceptions.
Claudio rejects Hero brutally, he says her outer beauty conceals her inner corruption.
He places her hand back in Leonato's and throws her to the floor also.
Claudio self righteously plays on words 'Oh Hero! What a hero hadst thou been'
Leonato, at first dumb struck by the unexpected accusation at the climactic moment of his only daughter's marriage , unleashes an equally savage rejection of Hero.
He wishes that she had never been born.
His language is melodramatic and an earlier gentleness is torn away.
He shows little concern for Hero's feelings, he is preoccupied with his own reputation.
The Friar sees rightly that Hero is innocent.
The happier mood continues when Benedick comforts and pledges his love to Beatrice.
One deception has divided the other united.
From Hero's suffering comes the cementing of Benedick and Beatrice's love.
There is tenderness when he asks 'Lady Beatrice, have you wept all this while?'
He says 'I do love nothing in the world so well as you, is it not strange?'
There is another reversal in mood when Bendick says 'Come bid me do anything for thee', and she replies simply, 'Kill Claudio'.
Insistence upon vengeance is consistent with Beatrice's passionate defiance.
She insists that Benedick commit to his feelings rather than the male code which has made Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato selfish, unfeeling and hypocritical.
Act 4 Scene 1
Much Ado About Nothing
A4 S1 Q's
1. What fruit does Claudio compare Hero to? What does he mean by his comparison?
2. When Hero faints, who says he thinks it would be best if she died?
3. Who doesn't believe the story about Hero straightaway? Name two people.
4. Explain Friar Francis's plan in your own words.
5. Write down Beatrice's exact words when he tells Beatrice he loves her.
6. What does Beatrice ask Benedick to do to prove he loves her?