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Claudio

Much Ado About Nothing

Appearance and Deception

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A recurring theme in many of Shakespeare’s plays, and central to Much Ado About Nothing, explores how easily people are deceived not just by the false testimony of others but even by their own senses. Claudio, believing he was deceived by Don John, learned to place no trust in the words of others. With “Let every eye negotiate for itself,”
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Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of Signior Leonato?

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Claudio
Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of
Signior Leonato?
Benedick
I noted her not, but I looked on her.
Claudio
Is she not a modest young lady?

Why, i’ faith, methinks she’s too low for a
high praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too
little for a great praise

Benedick
Do you question me as an honest man
should do,
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Act 1
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Line 158

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What secret hath held you here that you followed not to Leonato’s?

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Prince
What secret hath held you here that you followed
not to Leonato’s?
Benedick
I would your Grace would constrain me to tell.
Prince
I charge thee on thy allegiance.

I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale with love.

Benedick
You hear, Count Claudio,
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Act 1
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Why, how now, Claudio? Whence comes this restraint?

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Lucio
Why, how now, Claudio? Whence comes this restraint?
Claudio
From too much liberty, my Lucio, liberty.Diacope
As surfeit is the father of much fast,Simile & Alliteration
So every scope by the immoderate use
Turns to restraint.Irony
Our natures do pursue,
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Thus answer I in name of Benedick

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Claudio, unmasking
Thus answer I in name of Benedick,
But hear these ill news with the ears of Claudio.
’Tis certain so. The Prince woos for himself.

Friendship is constant in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love.

Friendship is constant in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love.
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Act 2
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Appearance and Deception

Come, will you go with me?

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Benedick
Come, will you go with me?
Claudio
Whither?
Benedick
Even to the next willow, about your own business,
county. What fashion will you wear the garland of?
About your neck like a usurer’s chain? Or under your
arm like a lieutenant’s scarf? You must wear it one way,
for the Prince hath got your Hero.
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Act 2
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Line 183

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I have brought Count Claudio

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Beatrice
I have brought Count Claudio, whom you
sent me to seek.
Prince
Why, how now, count, wherefore are you sad?
Claudio
Not sad, my lord.
Prince
How then, sick?

No, sure, my lord, my mother cried, but then there
was a star danced, and under that was I born.
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Act 2
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Line 281

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County Claudio, when mean you to go to church?

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Prince
County Claudio, when mean you to go to church?
Claudio
Tomorrow, my lord. Time goes on crutches
till love have all his rites.
Leonato
Not till Monday, my dear son, which is hence
a just sevennight, and a time too brief, too, to have
all things answer my mind.

Time goes on crutches till love have all his rites

Prince,
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Act 2
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Line 346

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So then you hope of pardon from Lord Angelo?

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Duke, as Friar
So then you hope of pardon from Lord Angelo?
Claudio
The miserable have no other medicine
But only hope.
I have hope to live and am prepared to die.Antithesis

To sue to live, I find I seek to die,
And seeking death,
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Now, sister, what’s the comfort?

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Claudio
Now, sister, what’s the comfort?
Isabella
Why,
As all comforts are, most good, most good indeed.Epizeuxis
Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven,
Intends you for his swift ambassador,
Where you shall be an everlasting leiger;Metaphor

Therefore your best appointment make with speed.
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I do but stay till your marriage be consummate

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Prince
I do but stay till your marriage be consummate,
and then go I toward Aragon.
Claudio
I’ll bring you thither, my lord, if you’ll vouchsafe me.

Well, everyone can master a grief but he that has it.

Prince
Nay, that would be as great a soil in the new
gloss of your marriage as to show a child his new
coat and forbid him to wear it.
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Act 3
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