Gender . TASK: these are all elements of the play that present the theme of gender. Benedick and Beatrice’s ‘merry war’; Claudio’s discussions with Benedick about Hero; Don Pedro and Borachio’s plotting against Claudio; The revelation of Hero’s infidelity; The resolution.
The way you dressed was an indication of rank – people were forbidden by law from wearing fabrics belonging to a higher rank.
Costumes for men & women distorted the natural human shape.
Read A3S2 lines 1-54 – what does this change in Benedick appearance suggest?
Where in the play does dress and costume take on a serious and symbolic significance?
How does fashion link to the theme of illusion versus reality?
Certain images recur throughout the play, most notably though, images of outward appearance, why do you think that it?