What are the differences between Hero and Claudio's relationship and Beatrice and Benedick's in Much Ado About Nothing?
Claudio and Hero are particularly young. Benedick refers to Claudio as “Lord Lackbeard,” possibly referring to his youth. Claudio was attracted to Hero before he went to war, looking “upon her with a soldier’s eye / That liked, but had a rougher task in hand.” This feeling develops into love, and Hero seems to return the affection. However, Claudio is too unsure of himself to woo her himself. First he asks for Benedick’s approval. Then he consults Don Pedro, who woos her for him. Don John even briefly tricks Claudio into thinking that Don Pedro is wooing Hero for himself.
When Don John...
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