Can anybody give me any ideas/essays as to the role of jealousy in much ado about nothing by Shakespeare?
i have to write an essay about the role of jealousy in much ado about nothing and i cant find anything to help me…any books, websites, or ideas would be helpful.
Claudio gets very jealous and bitter (as civil as an orange) when he has been deceived by Don John that Don Pedro has wooed Hero for himself (tis true, the Prince woos for himself). He then snaps out at Benedick who is supposed to be his friend (he will hang upon him like a disease).
Don John is the most jealous throughout. He is jealous because Claudio is a better soldier than him (that young startup hath all the glory of my overthrow) and because Don Pedro has much more authority over him, due to the fact that he is a bastard and these were looked down upon alot in Elizabethan times, as they were not pure-blooded, hence why Leonato instructs Hero to “not live…do not ope thine eyes” when he is under the illusion that she has cheated. (Don John: i had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace)
You could maybe say that Dogberry is a bit jealous of the upper classes, although it is more the fact that he is so stupid that he thinks he is authoritative and tries using complicated words etc. Its pushing it a bit.
So to answer the question, the role of jealousy is to introduce conflicts between characters and to enable them to develop solutions to their differences to improve their relationships by the end of the play
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