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The Recurring Theme of Conflict in Relationships Throughout Much Ado About Nothing, Wuthering Heights, and A Streetcar Named Desire

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The writers of Much Ado about Nothing, Wuthering Heights, and A Streetcar Named Desire all incorporate conflict in relationships as reoccurring theme in their texts. There are a number of different forms of relationships in the texts such as marital, romantic and family relationships and they are all presented with complexity by the authors as their opinions on the subject matter will be influenced differently due to the era they live in and their personal experiences. For example, in Much Ado about Nothing marriage is a means of creating a happy ending which is typical in Shakespearean plays but it is also a means of social advancement similarly to Wuthering Heights where couples married to either maintain or advance social class or property and not necessarily because they loved each other, Catherine openly says she wants to marry Edgar because “he will be rich”. In contrary marriage in A Streetcar Named Desire is a means of survival for Stella and Blanch having “lost Belle Reve”.
Shakespeare’s constant presentation of marriage as a tool for unwitting deception is very influential in the way audiences perceive marriage in the play; although marriage is the main source of drama, it is also a source of conflict due to the fact that for young men in 16th century marriage was often a means of social progression and status. When Claudio meets Hero he tells Benedick “Can the world buy such a jewel.” It could be argued that when calling her a jewel, he is objectifying her as he is referring to women as material objects which goes to show that their marriage is based purely on Hero’s beauty and the noble status. Hero hasn’t met her groom properly yet her marriage has already been sealed. “Daughter, remember what I told you. If the Pri...


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...bout parents in the script however we only hear that they died and that affected Blanche’s mental downfall. “Which of them left us a fortune? Which of them left a cent of insurance even?” The repetitiveness in this outburst of emotion gives the sense that felt very lonely and desperate; hence Blanche feels that just like Stella her parents in their death also abandoned her. The theme of abandonment can also be seen in the other texts as Heathcliff abandons his child for 13 years, news of the “master’s return” is revealed in the form of “A letter”, this highlights the distance between Linton and his family. Abandonment is also seen in Much Ado about Nothing because Leonato disowns Hero when it is claimed that she is unchaste, “-Do not live, Hero, do not ope thine eyes:” this imperative statement sounds very commanding and shows he really does mean what his saying.



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