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An Analysis of Much Ado About Nothing Written between 1598 and 1600 at the peak of Shakespeares skill in writing comedic work Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeares wittiest works In this comedy Shakespeares drama satirizes love and human courtliness between two couples who take very different paths to reach the same goal making the connection between inward and outward beauty Much Ado About Nothing shows different ways of how people are attracted to one another and how their realization and definitions of love relate to their perceptions of inward and outward beauty The play is set in Messina Italy a small province facing the Straits of Messina in northeastern Sicily at the estate of the governor of Messina Leonato Don Pedro Prince of Arragon Don John his brother Borachio his servant Benedick a young lord and Claudio his best friend are all returning from war and have been invited to stay with Leonato for a month Shakespeares antagonist Don John bears much resemblance to Don John of Austria the illegitimate son of Charles V half-brother to the King of Aragon who defeated the Turks at Lepanto and returned to Messina after his victory in October of 1571 Richmond 51 Don John of Austria had many of the qualities that Shakespeares Don John did he was not on good terms with his brother and although he tried with much effort to gain status he was frequently humiliated in attempts to bring himself fame Shakespeare was known to draw parallels between his characters and actual historical figures in an attempt to produce a sort abstract history of the times Richmond 49 Upon returning from war Claudio saw a young woman named Hero that he had seen before going to fight and felt a strong attraction to her Claudio expressed
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