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Much ado about nothing

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Written by William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy. Set during Medieval times, it is also, essentially, a love story. Young Count Claudio has returned from war, and meets the lovely Hero, daughter of the man Claudio is staying with. He asks her to marry him, and she consents. But the night before the wedding, Claudio believes he sees Hero cheating on him, and he humiliates her at the altar. Her father, after much thought, tells Claudio that she has died from grief, a few days later.

Meanwhile, Count Benedick has also returned from the war, and openly sparrs with Beatrice, the cousin of Hero. They are suited to one another, but neither will admit it, and both swear to never marry. Hero's father, among others, plots to get the two together. To achieve this, he has the close friends of the two talk to one another openly about how one desperately loves the other, and thus fooling them into admitting their feelings to themselves.

In the end of the story, Claudio is told he must marry a cousin of Hero's. When he reaches the altar, he marries the girl without seeing her face. When he lifts her veil, he finds that his beloved Hero is the one that he marries. A repeat of what really happened is told, when Claudio finds out that he was tricked. After this time, Beatrice and Benedick talk to one another, egged on by their friends, and confess their love to one another, and all live well, at least happy for the time being.

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