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Amanda Nunn Much Ado about Nothing Comment on the significance of Act IV scene 1 to the rest of the play How effective do you think it would be on stage Act IV scene 1 is the most significant scene in the play where a sharp comedy turns to near tragedy The scene can be split into three sections the wedding the friars plan and Beatrice and Benedicts declaration of love Various sub plots lead up to this scene and are entangled in it For example the impending marriage the proposed shaming of Hero and the relationship of Beatrice and Benedict The main characters are split into two groups with different expectations of the wedding Claudio Don John and Don Pedro all believe that Claudio will shame Hero and the wedding will end in tragedy However Hero Beatrice Leonato and the friar all expect the wedding to be a joyful occasion Don John plans to prevent the wedding of Hero and Claudio by allowing Hero to be falsely accused of meeting another man the night before the wedding It is Claudio he wishes to harm because he is jealous of him he calls him That young start-up and says if I can cross him any way I bless myself every way This conspiracy is known to the audience but not to the principal players until later on This adds suspense which leads to anticipation and the holding of the audiences interest The wedding of Hero and Claudio was planned after the couple fell in love at first sight Audience expectation of a romantic scene turns to great surprise when the friar asks if there is any reason for the wedding not to take place Claudio instead of continuing with the marriage ceremony replies to Leonato Heros father that he should Take her back again Then
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