Love in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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Love in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Shakespeare is well known for presenting the full repertoire of human emotions, and love is no exception. Much Ado About Nothing is unquestionably a play about love. Shakespeare provides the audience with a whole gamut of lovers from the banal Claudio and Hero to the rebellious Beatrice and Benedick. It is this range which allows Shakespeare to critique the conventions and perceptions within his renaissance society This variance in love and lovers also serves to inform the audience of the many different faces of love, and to further the plot, for example it is Margaret's brand of free love that causes the turning point in the play. The comparisons drawn between Beatrice and Benedick's love and the superficial love of Hero and Claudio are typical of the constant contrasts that Shakespeare builds into this play, comical or otherwise. It is in this way that Shakespeare manages to cross-reference almost all of his characters with each other; ` the 'wise' Beatrice with the 'modest' Hero, the 'valiant' Benedick with 'Sir boy,' the young Claudio. This emphasises their strengths and highlights their weaknesses respectively. By this he makes them more interesting, and so more realistic, pointing out things about the society in which the play was written, and about human relationships as a whole. One of the topics Shakespeare is especially fond of is that of Love being a force for good in society, improving anyone who is infatuated with it. During Act 2 Scene 3 Don Pedro comments that if Beatrice loved him like she supposedly loves Benedick, 'I would have doffed all other respects and ... ... middle of paper ... ...io and Hero signifying closure and restoring order, which demonstrates that not only is their relationship superficial, but also their presentation within the play. Much Ado About Nothing explores the many nooks and crannies that lurk in the dark theoretical world of love. Shakespeare captures the essence of love, in his language, structure and content. The presentation of love in this play is wide both in scope and in application, including many relevant ideas. The structure of the play helps convey these, and still maintains it as a comedy. There is a sinister, evil tainted scene, followed by a comic one, balancing the play, but still including all the negative points that Shakespeare wants to convey. It is altogether a hugely impressive piece of playwriting, and Shakespeare deserves the adulation he duly receives.
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