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Shakespear's play, "Much Ado About Nothing", is simply annoying. Shakespear wrote the play centuries ago for a much different culture and time. I feel that if I am to understand the words of the play, then I need studying in a 15th centuary monostary learning latin to understand the Bible. To equate what I am stating in a modern atmosphere, understanding the plot, and more importantly the characters, is like trying to decipher the true meaning of text messages. Simply put, trying to understand a character in the play, such as Benedick, is like decoding text messages between him and Beatrice. First, believe it or not, reading this play is like smoking Marijuana. Smoking the dried plant causes the user to cough and choke on smoke. Afterwards, paranoia and laziness affect the user; neither of which are considered positive effects. The effects are only positive after a friend coaches the user into believing the effects are somehow beneficial. Both reading the play and Benedick's relationship require a coach to teach the positive aspects. "Much Ado About Nothing" oozes with comedy, or so the modern audience is told. There are two separate love relationships happening at once; one between two love saps and one between two main characters, Benedick and Beatrice. Both sets of relationships mirror and collide with each other in theme, thus setting up a comedic atmosphere. The inhaled text messages sent between Benedick and Beatrice causes one to belive that these two truly hate each other. How is this funny? But like good friends to a new cannabis user, a coach comes along to teach the modern text messaging audience, that the play is comical and that the two really love each other. Now Benedick himself has great friends. While hidden away ... ... middle of paper ... ...aracter. But because this never happened, Benedick is spared a withering heart in the name of love, thus his character remains constant throughout the play. Benedick just needed a slight push to confess his already existing love for Beatrice. Once the mask came off and the texting ceased, the two talked heart to heart sparing all the witty confusion. Mask, like text, cannot show the emotions of the face thus leaving the reader confused at the true meaning of conversation. So the lesson learned here which still applies to this day is that miscommunication is oh-so-bad. A reader in the modern age cannot fully understand the play without it being performed or taught, just as Benedick was unable to understand Beatrice without a push. And Benedick's true character developed; nay, revealed after he confronted Beatrice under false, and comical, pretenses with a true heart.

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