Hero and Claudio fall in love almost at first sight, but an outsider, Don John, strikes out at their happiness. Beatrice and Benedick are kept apart by pride and mutual antagonism until others decide to play Cupid. Benedick of Padua,…. Leonato is given a garbled account of the conversation between Don Pedro and Claudio, and is led to believe that….
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Synopsis and plot overview of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Claudio and Hero love each other but then they don't but then they do again. Everyone gets married. Count Claudio falls in love with Hero, the daughter of his host. Hero's cousin Beatrice a confirmed spinster and Benedict an eternal bachelor are each duped into believing the other is in love with them.
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in and Through "noting" sounding like "nothing", and meaning gossip, rumour, overhearing ,   Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into believing that Hero is not a maiden. Claudio therefore rejects Hero at the altar. But Hero is vindicated, and marriages are arranged for both pairs. In Messina , a messenger brings news that Don Pedro will return that night from a successful battle, along with Claudio and Benedick. Beatrice asks the messenger about Benedick, and mocks Benedick's ineptitude as a soldier. Leonato explains that "There is a kind of merry war betwixt Signor Benedick and her. On the soldiers' arrival, Leonato invites Don Pedro to stay for a month, and Benedick and Beatrice resume their "merry war". Pedro's illegitimate brother, Don John, is also introduced.