Selected Poems. You know how looking at a math problem similar to the one you're stuck on can help you get unstuck? In both productions, we are not sure if Claudio and Don John are sorry for the right reasons or whether they even understand their responsibility in the near-tragedy.
The romantic relationship between Hero and Claudio is hindered by evil deception, culminating in public humiliation, only to be saved by chance or providence. While the Hero-Claudio affair is of public concern at all times, the interaction between Beatrice and Benedick becomes private as soon as they confess their love, putting an end to the social performance of witty quarrel.
Britsh Library. These two characters spend the majority of the play bickering and then--as in all great romantic comedies --fall in love in the final acts. The seriousness of the march of the sailors is cut short by the jocular entrance of Benedick on a golf cart honking the horn.
Most helpful essay resource ever! As a matter of fact, what is farcical in the text is mostly avoided in this production for the sake of the serious; indeed, what is light and farcical would not work in such an atmosphere. But love is never easy in Shakespeare's plays, and on the eve of the wedding Don Pedro's bastard brother, Don John, decides to break up the marriage before it begins by trying to convince Claudio that his betrothed has been unfaithful.
This production also promises a more sensible future when the same mistakes may not be repeated, with a visibly grown, responsible Benedick, and Don Pedro, the loser in the battle of sexes, as the lonely older man.