What do the food references indicate in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing?

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The repetition of the symbol of food helps to further portray the theme of honor. Leonato has thrown Prince Don Pedro a feast fit for a king in order to honor him for his safe return home and his valiance in the war. Hence, we frequently hear food, dinner, and feast mentioned.

One place where we see food mentioned is when Don John learns that his brother is courting Hero for Claudio's sake. Don John is jealous of the attention his brother is showing Claudio and feels that Claudio may usurp Don John in power. When Don John learns that Don Pedro is now showing Claudio extra attention by courting for him, Don John refers to it as "food to my displeasure," meaning...

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