Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare

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In the play Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, love is an important and consistent topic. The topic of love advances throughout the play as the central characters go through the stages of their relationships. Love is important because, from a very young age people experience love as a natural part of life. People want to know what love is. How do I get it, and what does it feel like? It is something one anticipates and waits for, much like the experience of a first kiss or saying the words “I love you” for the first time. Love is made up of many different emotions: joy, pain, compassion, understanding, longing, and tears. All of these emotions are felt throughout the play by the main relationships: Hero and Claudio and Beatrice and Benedick. Through the ups and downs in relationships between Hero, Claudio, Benedick and Beatrice, Shakespeare uses the idea of love to show us how important trust and loyalty are in any relationship by creating distrust. An important part of love is trust because it is the foundation. Trust is earned by demonstrating loyalty over time. Having it makes you feel secure in a relationship and provides the opportunity for a person to become vulnerable and share emotions, feelings, and memories without being taken advantage of. The visual map that’s been presented illustrates how hurt Claudio is when he finds out that Hero is not trustworthy. Claudio shows his hurt and longing for Hero in the tears of his eyes, while his anger is shown by the act him turning his back to her. When Hero passes out she is showing her sadness and confusion from all of the distrust and pressure that is being received from her father, Leonato, and her groom. With her arms reaching out, Hero conveys that s... ... middle of paper ... Love brings out intense emotions and situations that reveal a lot about a character and their demeanor. Shakespeare uses love to show that it does not mean you have to change your personality, however, it does mean accepting another person for who they are regardless of the thoughts and opinions of others. Love is so vital to the play because it shows us that people need trust, loyalty, commitment, chemistry, forgiveness, patience, kindness, and honesty to have proper love. Once a person has these things he or she just needs to work to find love and work even harder to keep it. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. Much Ado about Nothing. Ed. Paul Werstine, Barbara A. Mowat, and Gail Kern. Paster. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 1995. Print. "Writing in the Disciplines: English." Writing in the Disciplines: English. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2014.
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