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What it does resemble, however, is an Elizabethan town with a simple municipal organization operating under royal charter. Shakespeare's Messina is something of a social backwater; compare the gorgeous wedding gown of the Duchess of Milan with Hero's modest wedding dress which, according to her fashionable gentlewoman, is appropriate to the occasion.
There is a provincial overtone in the strain felt by Leonato on receiving Don Pedro and his party; the formality is excessive and observed to be so.
Leonato is unused to such exalted guests or to such entertaining.
Public rooms, evidently not often open, must be perfumed by specially hired staff Borachio ; for music Leonato must depend on the Prince's man Balthasar. This is hardly Bandello's upscale Messina of the banquets. What Leonato is used to are easy, informal relations with townsfolk such as Dogberry, whom he can address as friend and neighbour.
Evidently he is also used to a household without a wife's control, hence to a rather permissive domestic scene dominated by his teenage daughter, Hero, her two gentlewomen, and the unconventional Beatrice. This makes easier Don John's plot to discredit Hero, something that could have taken place only with difficulty in All's Well, whose household organization left no wall without ears.
In other plays the impression of place derives from mutually defining contrasts; town against country, court against tavern, and from evocative scene-setting. Much Ado has little of such poetry—Hero's description of her garden, a few words from Don Pedro on the beauty of the night—and no great removals of the action from place to symbolic place, to a Dover Cliff or a forest of Arden, for example.
Social rather than physical ambience concerns the dramatist, but picturesque settings blur rather than clarify that ambience. As a text Much Ado implies a classical spatial economy and a radically stylized setting. With the exception of the church scene in which Claudio denounces Hero, and possibly the supposed penance in 5.
Earlier editors often attempted to locate the action of individual scenes in the play, usually following Capell, Theobald, and Pope. Of the play's seventeen scenes, at least nine are localized differently by different editors.
Generally the issue is whether to place the scene inside Leonato's house, before it, or in the adjoining garden. In only a few instances does the choice seem significant.
For example, the depth of Leonato's anxiety and of the deference he shows Don Pedro can be indicated to some extent by the choice of locale: How casual Shakespeare could be about location unless it affected meaning is clear from 1.
Thus we also ought to locate all of 1.
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These are knots to be cut by directors, not untied by editors. Where there is a need to define a place, it takes only a few descriptive lines Hero's in her gardenminor props trellis and tree for arbour and concealmentor only the stage architecture itself—as in 3.
Hero and Claudio yes, but why Beatrice and Benedick? Leonato, but why Antonio? Margaret, but why Ursula?
And why both Conrad and Borachio? There are further consequences arising from this process of doubling and tripling. Shakespeare does with character what he does with scene and incident, maximizing the differences, here between characters brought together by incident Leonato and Dogberry or family or occupation Hero and Beatrice, Dogberry and Verges.
The result is vivid delineation, not only for its own sake, but for rapidity in orientating audience attention and easing the writer's task of generating dialogue. Finally, the playwright is something of a company manager.
In writing the play Shakespeare distributes the burden of work so as to sustain the enterprise, demanding of actors only what they can perform, bringing along novices by creating parts that stretch their talents. Shakespeare's dependence on its associations is clear from Claudio's puerile repetition of Hero's name as he denounces her.
The Hero of Much Ado is one of Shakespeare's passive young women: In the brief self-defence she makes in 4. Shakespeare seems at times to do everything but make Hero disappear; unlike Beatrice, this is a part requiring only a second-best boy actor. Even Hero's most intense reactions she blushes and goes pale are conveyed by someone else, by the Friar, who describes her innocence, her shame, and her rage.
No wonder Shakespeare chose a name that was a label. Beatrice, unlike Hero, is not a highly placed heiress. Older, with no father, and moving toward what was thought an unmarriageable age, she has developed tough—if not single-minded—views which question the constraints imposed on women.
She tries to stake out a position of modified obedience for Hero, a position hardly radical when The Miseries of Enforced Marriage, to use the title of a popular play performed by Shakespeare's company inhad long been acknowledged. For Hero, however, Beatrice's compromise might have been unsustainable.
Yet Hero's loyalty is not witless acceptance.
Like her discreetly flirtatious responses to the Prince during their turn around the dance floor, her answer in 3. However, Hero is not all conformity and quiet.Shakespeare Studies: Shakespeare on Film.
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