Much Ado About Nothing Essay

1101 Words Jan 30th, 2013 5 Pages
English Essay
The Elizabethan Worldview and Much Ado About Nothing
Audrey Hernandez

The Elizabethan Era is one of the most fascinating periods in the History of the World. It is named after one of the greatest of the Queens of England - Queen Elizabeth I. It was the era of the very first Theatres in England - William Shakespeare and the globe Theatre and Christopher Marlowe! It also had a very different feel and look to it than we experience nowadays and this is shown in the marriage and wedding customs, recreation, social hierarchy, and how it is a patriarchal society. The Elizabethan worldview is strongly reflected in Shakespeare’s play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ set in the 17th century in Messina, a port on the island of Sicily
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The recreation in the Elizabethan Era included a lot of bloodshed and horror, but the recreation seen in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ was of the more humane kind. It included feasts, banquets, plays, reading of monologues, expressions and playful banter filled with wit, and dancing. This all happened in the Elizabethan Era and is also seen in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ as something highly entertaining. However in actual fact this wasn’t the only thing that people did for entertainment in the Elizabethan Era, they performed more horrendous spectator, blood sports including, bullbaiting, cock fighting, bearbaiting, and hawking.

Social hierarchy in the Elizabethan Era had been so significant that it is proposed to be the most vital element in order to understand the history of those days. The highest in the hierarchy was the monarch, which at that time was Rodrigo Borgia, the powerful Renaissance Valencian who later became Pope Alexander VI, and Vannozza dei Cattanei. The second in rank in the hierarchy was held by the nobility who in “Much Ado About Nothing’ was Don Pedro. They were rich and powerful and owned large households. Third in rank were the gentry, they were the people who owned small parts of land but possessed a substantial amount of wealth, and in the play this would be Leonato. Then there were the merchants…

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