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Are the values in the play relevant today?

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  1. C.D. response

    16th of May 2008

    No the values in the play are not relevant today. Back when the book was made people married off their children. They would choose their daughters husband and marry her off. The children had no say. They had to go along with it. Who their parents wanted them to marry is who they would have to marry. Hero had no say whether she wanted to marry Claudio or not. She had to do it. Claudio had the prince go to Leanato and ask him to marry hero to Claudio. Leanato said yes so she had no input on whether she wanted marriage. It was all arranged. When she turned of age she was to be married off. As of right now, the children pick their own husband or wife if they want to be married. Maybe once in a while you will find someone who is really religious and they will still marry off their child off. But there is only a slight chance. In the play you didn’t date, you just married. Nowadays you date, see if you like the person and when you’re ready you marry the person. The guy will sometimes ask her father for permission but that is very rarely too. Also back when the play was made there would be Dowry’s for marriage. The wife would give the husband something for marrying her. Today there is no Dowry’s.

  2. EAB

    16th of May 2008

    In "Much Ado About Nothing" there were alot of different values shown. Shakespeare showed how important these values are. They are still very important today, even though they are seen less often. Some of them are even more important now. Three of the main values are chastity, loyalty, and truthfulness. Chastity, the act of refraining from sexual intercourse, was one of the requirements for a worthy mate. Now, chastity is alot less common, and if it is found in someone it makes them worth a lot more, not only to themselves but also to their future mates. Because it isn’t seen as often in today’s society, that makes it even more valuable. Loyalty is an uncommon trait in current day, and obviously it wasn't very common in Shakespearian day either. Lying is even more common today, but still just as harmful. Because of lying in this story there was a lot of drama and even a soon to be marriage broken. Lying can be just as harmful now as if was then. Lying can ruin both relationships and reputations. A lot of the values in Shakespeare's time are still just as valuable today.

  3. S.G's response

    16th of May 2008

    None of the values that are within the play are relevant to those of today. When Shakespeare wrote the play Much Ado About Nothing parents married off their children to suitable husband/spouse. The daughter/son, though mostly the daughters had no say in it at all. In the play Hero didn’t have a say in whether or not she wanted to marry Claudio. Claudio had to have the Prince go to Leonato and ask him if he would let him marry Hero. Leonato said yes and told Hero that she had to say yes if Claudio was to ask. It was all planned out before Hero even knew about it. Once she became of age her father married her off. In today’s world children both men and women choose their own spouse. Only a scarce few people have parents who’ll marry off their children due to religion. Inside the play they just married while in today’s world you date then possibly marry. There is a selective few guys that will ask the father if he’ll let his daughter marry. Also there were things called Dowry’s back when the play was written. That is when the woman gives the guy money for marrying her. Today in our society that doesn’t even exist.

  4. T.A

    16th of May 2008

    The values and beliefs from the play are very different from now a days. Back then, people believed that the parents were supposed to pick their child's partner. For example, Hero had no say in her marriage with Claudio, her father was the one who decided she was going to marry him. Now a days, people get to choose who they want to marry by themselves. Another belief that's different in the play is the way people get married without knowing the other person well enough. For example, Claudio and Hero got married just a few days after they met each other. People in our days actually take their time to get to know the person before they decide they want to get married. This shows how different things were back then and also how people believed in different things.

  5. j.f.values today

    16th of May 2008

    In Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakspear, some of the values that are most important to them are not relevant in todays society. For example, keeping your virginity untill you were married was something that you had to do. If not, you had a very slim chance of getting married. Now a days scociety teaches you from a young age that having sexual relations with someone while you are still young is "cool". Women having to be a virgin to get married to a good husband is no longer required. Although being a virgin is not necessary anymore, having a good reputation is. You can have sex before you are married, but if you have sex with to many men than you are considered permiscuous and your reputation is ruined. like in in the play, if people think that your permiscuous no one will want to marry you.

  6. Tj

    16th of May 2008

    Some values in the play are relevant today.One is how the drama starts.In the book it gets started by rumors.In real life most drama circles around rumors.This is one reason why some of the values are relevant today. Another value the book and real life share is the tag teaming.They would never solve their problems one on one.Just like in the story people today gang up on one another.This is another value that todays life and the play share.

  7. SCJ's response

    16th of May 2008

    In William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," cetain values in the play may be relevant today. Chastity is a value that is in the play but is also relevant in today's society. It was important for woman to be chaste back in Shakespeare's day or no man would want to marry them. Now it is important for women to be chaste today to prevent getting sexual transmitted diseases and to not get preganant. Though chastity isn't practiced today as much as Shakespeare's day, it's awareness is widly spread. Another value in the play that is relevant today is loyalty. Loyalty shows that you can be responsible and that people can rely on you. That same aspect can be applied today. When someone can be loyal, you are more likely to go to them when you need help. In the story, loyalty is applied when the Prince tried to wooed Hero for Claudio. Claudio was fooled into thinking that the Prince was only wooing Hero for himself and in reality he wasn't. This shows loyalty. Loyalty was also shown when Benedick was forced into challenging Claudio. Loyalty wasn't there at that point because Claudio was supposed to be his friend and now he's challenging because of a female. These are some of the values in William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," and they also show how they are relevant in today's world.

  8. T.H.- Are the values relevent

    16th of May 2008

    I do not believe that the values shown in the book are relevent today. I say this because most people sleep around before getting married. its just not that big of a deal any more. Some countries still live by these rules. although it does not apply to us, it could still be considered relevent.

  9. EE's response

    16th of May 2008

    No, I don't belive that the values from the play are around today. Yet in some countries aand religions do still practice the ways of the past. Many ways of marriage especcially, have changed. Such as when Leonato told Hero to say yes. She had no say in her love life. Women today have the choice to get married or not. These days parents are no longer in full control over there childrens decisions. Also many girls were married away at very young ages. Just like Hero, who wasn't more than 15. In todays marriages, couples should be atleast 18 or older to get married so they know they're making the right choices. Finally there are no more dowries these days. The family of the bride know that the man their daughter is marrying is a good man.

  10. JB's response

    16th of May 2008

    I believe that the values from the play are not relevant today except in some cultures and religions they are used. One value they use in the play is for women not to have sex before they are married, which is not used today at all except in some relgions and cultures. Also the fathers used to pick the husband for the daughters, though in some cultures and families still do it, but not too many. The daughters back then would not have a say in anything or who would be her husband. Like Hero, she never spoke up about anything, even though she did want to marry Claudio, her father still made the decsion. Now a days, most daughters choose who they want to marry. Still though, many men who are going to marry, still ask permission of the father as a sign of respect.

  11. Values - Andy Miller

    7th of May 2008

    There were many values in Much Ado About Nothing that are relevent to values today. One value that we have in commin with the characters of the play is love. Love is a constant emotion that every generation will feel. Love cannot be avoided or ignored, it is a very strong emotion (value) that is evident throughout history. Another value that we share is family. Family was strongly valued in the play and is a very strong value today. People are always loyal to their families and will always care about them no matter what time period. These values are still valued today because they are constant human emotions. They will never be forgotten or ignored. That is why we share soo many values with Much Ado About Nothing.

  12. (A.E.S.)Are the values still relevant

    7th of May 2008

    In Much Ado About Nothing they had much more strict values than you would find in society today, but also some similarities. And i would say exactly that. The values are relevant but not as strict or frowned upon as they used to be. For instance back in the 1600's it was highly froned upon for a woman to have sex before she was married. Now a days its not as strict, except mabey in certain religions or contries. But there were sine differences such as back then woman were treated as objects or possesions. Now they are treated with much more pride and freedom.

  13. True Values

    7th of May 2008

    I dont think that most of the values in the play are relevant to today. One Value that isn't relevant to today is that men want to marry a girl who's a virgin and if your not a virgin before you get married it's a shame on you and most of all your family. In this day and time if you wed and aren't a virgin people probably wont care. Another value in the play that isn't relevant to today is the fact that women don't really have a voice in the relationship. Now a days most women probably run the relationships. As you can see the values in the play aren't really relevent to today for a number of reasons

  14. Values Run

    7th of May 2008

    The values of the time the play was written are also the same as the ones today. A lot of problems and emotions are the same. Jealousy and love have a very repeating role over the decades. Deception also plays a large role over time. All are in current time, and in the era the play was written.

  15. Values Run

    7th of May 2008

    The values of the time the play was written are also the same as the ones today. A lot of problems and emotions are the same. Jealousy and love have a very repeating role over the decades. Deception also plays a large role over time. All are in current time, and in the era the play was written.

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