Claudio and Hero’s relationship had a peculiar beginning. Claudio was too nervous to approach Hero himself, possibly because of atychiphobia; the fear of failure. He and his friend Don Pedro, the Prince, devised an ingenious plan,
“I will tell fair Hero I am Claudio,
And in her bosom I’ll unclasp my heart
And take her hearing prisoner with the force …show more content…
This unusual and seemingly flawed scheme, ends up working. When it came time to ask Hero’s father Leonato for the woman’s hand in marriage, the Prince, still disguised as Claudio, also takes on this role. Her father seems rather joyous about this and responds, “Count, take of me my daughter, and with her my fortunes...” (II.i.296-297).
Despite having an unsteady beginning, Hero and Claudio’s relationship became more stable and the day of their union was arranged. However, as the kingdom of Messina learns of this marriage, the news also falls upon the ears of the Prince’s brother, Don John. Don John has a resounding hatred for the Prince, and tells his henchmen,
“Any bar, any cross, any impediment will be med’cinable to me. I am sick in displeasure to him, and whatsoever comes athwart his affection ranges evenly with mine”