Love in Much Ado About Nothing: Hero & Claudio
In the book Hero & Claudio love is the main plot. the whle story line is based on Hero and Claudio. When one reads the book it may bring up many questions do they or dont they love each other? There are many situations when in the book when you say “there is no way they love each other. ” For example when Claudio returns from war, and he first laid eyes on Hero he insisted that he was that he was in love with her; because he was with Benedick and he says “Can the world buy such a jewel? ” he then goes on and says ” I would scarce trust myself, though i had sworn the contrary, if Hero would be my wife. I think it was abit too fast for Claudio to say or to conclude his already in love with someone he has just seen. To make things worse Claudio allows his very good friend Don Pedro to woo the woman that he insists he loves, Don Pedro tells Claudio ” I know we shall have a revelling tonight I will assume thy part in some disguise, and tell fair Hero I am Claudio,” i think if Claudio loved Hero as much as he says then he wouldnt let another man go woo her; he would r he should confidently tell her how he feels.
Even after Don Pedro woo’s Hero, there is never a point when Hero and Claudio talk or express their feelings for each other . Like Benedick and Beatrice who’s love story is the sub-plot of the story. Beatrice and Benedick fight alot but ina way its inderstandable: but after they were ttricked they actually admit their love to each other Benedick tells Beatrice ” I do love nothing in the world so well as you” Benedick even allows to kill his own friend just to prove his love for Beatrice he says, ” enough, I am engaged, i will challege him, Claudio shall render me a dear account. That to me is true love. I dont see or feel any of this passion with Claudio and Hero. Another point is when Claudio sees Margret in the window with Borachio and thinks its Hero. His reaction at first is justified, but in my opinion he should have taken time to calm down and go confrim the story for himself. It was stupid to trust Don John again: because when Don Pedro was wooing Hero, Don John went to Claudio and told him he heard Don Pedro went to Claudio and told him he heard Don Pedro swear his affection to her.
Borachio then adds fuel to the fire by saying “so so did i too, and he swore he would marry her tonight. ” After he hears this immediately gives up on her because he says ” farewell therefore, Hero. ” And at the wedding his reaction was too exaggerated if he really loved her, he would not have publicy mistreated and embarassed Hero the way he did, and all these actions just proves how much Claudio does not trust Hero. Another strange event is when Hero’s name is cleared and Claudio realises that it was his fault that she’s dead.
At first his reaction is exactly what you would except what you would except; but after he told Leonato to take revenge, Leonato told him he would marry Antonio’s daughter and he immediately agree’s to marry her. Hero the woman he claims to love just died and it was his fault, and his already agreed to marry another woman. If he truly loved her he would have told Leonato with all due respect i need time to mourn but he didnt he just agreed to it. but at the same time maybe Claudio wanted to punish himself, because Leonato would remained him of what he did to sweet Hero.
With all these poits we cant ignore that there were also some signs that indicated that they were in love. Like in the end when Hero is revealed we could tell also Hero’s reaction when she started crying it showed that they definetly had feelings for each other. If i was in Hero’s position i would definetly not take Claudio back because he humiliated me infront of my family and friends at my wdding and two he has caused my death . So there is a possibility that they loved each other. This could be an I can live with you and can’t live without you relationship.