In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare shows how easily people in love can be manipulated.
Claudio falls in love with Hero at first sight, which is not an unusual occurrence in many of Shakespeare's plays. What is also not unusual in Shakespeare's plays is that the course of love-at-first-sight never seems to run smooth.
Claudio confesses to Don Pedro that before he went to war he had lustful feelings for Hero, but now that he's returned from war, his feelings toward Hero have turned to love.
Apparently without having been asked to do so, and for no clear reason, Don Pedro offers to speak to Hero on Claudio's behalf and then to appeal to Hero's father, Leonato, for his consent for Claudio and Hero to be married.
DON PEDRO. I will assume thy part in some disguise
And tell fair Hero I am Claudio,
And in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart
And take her hearing prisoner with the force
And strong encounter of my amorous tale.
Then after to her father will I break;
And the conclusion is, she shall be...
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