Much Ado About Nothing

hero & claudio

were they truley in love? "love at first sight"? b/c i thought that she didnn't like him or didnt talk or something?

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 The main plot does revolve around the obstacles to the union of young Hero and Claudio. The plot unravels around their union. Shakespeare highlights what some critics call the "Claudio Syndrome" which is the propensity for men to fall in and out of love. It would seem that many of Shakespeare’s male characters, like Claudio or Othello, suffer from a Madonna whore complex. They essentially see women as pure, virginal, and unattainable until they actually obtain or marry them: then the woman becomes the opposite. Clearly Claudio is initially smitten with Hero and she the like. Claudio's subsequent treatment of Hero certainly questions his love for her. If he really loved her, would he believe so readily rumor and innuendo? Would the remote possibility of being the dreaded cuckold destroy his love for her? Would Hero so readily forgive her mistreatment? Apparently the answer is yes to all these questions. Hero really doesn't have free will in this matter; she is expected, especially in a comedy, to forgive. This is Shakespeare's world. A man has a right to change the terms of his affections any time he wants. In this context, we might be inclined to believe that Claudio and Hero did love each other.