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Thread #151382   Message #3534022
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
05-Jul-13 - 09:20 AM
Thread Name: BS: new 'Much Ado about Nothing'
Subject: RE: BS: new 'Much Ado about Nothing'
While munching a thoughtful piece of cracked-wheat toast this morning, I had an insight about 'Much Ado about Nothing.' (I assume everybody here knows the play.)

There are two plots: Beatrice vs Bendick and Claudio vs Hero. B & B are at each other's throats. Claudio is jealous and vengeful, while Hero is sweet, forgiving and faithful. For me, the story of Claudio's jealousy is predictable and tiresome, written only to make the play long enough.

This morning it occurred to me that that plot is not Claudio's story, it's Hero's story. And in it, Beatrice shows what she really is: she's bold (standing up to the fighting men around her to defend Hero) and she's faithful (sticking by her through the entire ordeal.) Shakespeare wanted to show that Beatrice is not just a crabby, damaged person. She's a strong person with a prickly exterior.

Beatrice and Benedick are worthy of each other. But to me, a modern person, Claudio is not worthy of Hero. I want to say to Hero, "Don't do it, sugar! A jealous male has a bottomless pit where his pride ought to be, and if you marry him, you will be sucked into it and destroyed."

Once recently, the advice columnist Dear Abby asked women to tell her what men a woman should never marry. She got thousands of responses, and the answers were clear. Based on thousands of painful experiences, one should never marry:

a problem drinker
a jealous man
a mama's boy.

None of them will ever change.