Thursday, September 8, 2016
Review: Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Summary from Goodreads:
The action is set in Sicily, where Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, has recently defeated his half-brother, the bastard Don John, in a military engagement. Apparently reconciled, they return to the capital, Messina, as guests of the Governor, Leonato. There Count Claudio, a young nobleman serving in Don Pedro's army, falls in love with Hero, Leonato's daughter, whom Don Pedro woos on his behalf. The play's central plot shows how Don John maliciously deceives Claudio into believing that Hero has taken a lover on the eve of her marriage, causing Claudio to repudiate her publicly, at the altar.
It is always hard for me to give some Shakespeare a full 5 stars because of the female character representation. I know it was the culture, the emphasis on marriage and attack on adultery with women but that does not mean I like it.
The two main female characters were vastly different (but end up being alike near the end) and I really enjoyed Beatrice who was outspoken, witty, and sarcastic. My favorite scenes usually involved her making fun of Benedick or going on rants against men! :)
The main comic relief with silly comedy was Dogberry, the bumbling Constable, and I did laugh out loud at some of his parts.
I had an easier time translating this play (I'm reading The Merchant of Venice now and it is not as good or easy to read) and I think it helped that I've watched film versions of Much Ado (Joss Whedon).
I recommend checking this out mainly for the humor and Beatrice does have some sparks of feminism.
4 Stars Out of 5