Much Ado About Nothing Plot (Act by Act)


Plot - Act by Act:

Act 1:

  • The prince of Aragon, Don Pedro, returns to Messina with Claudio and Benedick, to be welcomed by Leonato.
  • Leonato’s niece Beatrice and Benedick continue their war of words. “merry war betwixt”
  • Claudio declares his love for Leonato’s daughter Hero and is mocked by Benedick (a professed bachelor)
  • The prince offers to ‘woo’ Hero on behalf of Claudio 
  • The prince’s brother, Don John, declares himself a malcontent (villain) and seeks to spite his brother by spoiling Claudio’s intended marriage with Hero.

Act 2:

  • Leonato talks about marriage with Hero and Beatrice. He dears that Beatrice is too outspoken.
  • At a masked ball Don Pedro ‘woos’ Hero and Beatrice insults Benedick pretending not to recognise him.
  • Don John tells the disguised Claudio that Don Pedro is ‘wooing’ Hero for himself.
  • Benedick offers mock sympathy to Claudio, but avoided Beatrice.
  • Claudio is depressed until eventually the Prince admits that he has won Hero’s hand on behalf of Claudio. Claudio is overjoyed but lost for words.
  • The prince suggests trying to bring Beatrice and Benedick together.
  • Don John’s servant, Borachio, suggests a plot to deceive Claudio into believing that Hero is unfaithful.
  • Benedick affirms his attention to being single, but changes his mind when


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