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.
Mercutio, though he is one of the most influential characters of Romeo and Juliet, still plays the 'second fiddle' to Romeo and maybe even Juliet (as it might be suggested by the title). However his intelligence, wit and charisma have a huge part to play in the outcome of the play. This means that it could be argued that Mercutio is as important as he thinks he is. Mercutio is perhaps the most cynical and poised characters in the history of stage plays. His insolence and irresponsible bawdiness make him a brilliantly effective figure on stage.
Act 1 of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is a dramatic act, immediately grabbing the audience’s attention. It is also significant in terms of themes and characters. Act 1 foreshadows the ending of the play and introduces fate, conflict and love as themes. Act one introduces Romeo and Juliet as the central characters, but also the Nurse, Benvollio, Mercutio and Tybalt as key characters in the play. Language and imagery bring alive both themes and characters.
Shakespeare’s good use of foreshadowing in the scenes leading up to Act 3 Scene 1 are able to build up the tension extremely well. I feel that if tension had not been built earlier on in the play, Act 3 Scene 1 would not have had such a dramatic effect. Instead, all of the aspects of the prologue and the Prince’s speech come to light and the play suddenly strikes the audience of being not only about love, but also of fate and destiny.
Already, this shows strong characteristics of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo?s love completely overrides any subtlety that should be shown in the face of the raging family feud. Juliet, although she proclaimed her love to Romeo in what she thought was private, was very mindful of the other affecting factors, such a... ... middle of paper ... ...he was a very entertaining character for the duration of the play that he was alive. The fact that it is the pivotal point in the play where tragedy confirmed adds extra excitement to it. With the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt and the banishment of Romeo, there is little doubt in the audience?s mind that only tragic events will occur from this scene and on. The main, tragic theme of love and hate, which occurs throughout the play, gives the play an air of excitement and helplessness as far as any positive events happening after III.1.
Shakespeare turned this subject from nothing special, to something spectacular. The objective of this essay is to show the dramatic significance of the romance and tragedy of this work of art. The play made William Shakespeare very famous in his early days as a play write. Act III Scene I of the performance, is one in which the character and plot turn around from their earlier roles. This scene contains the highest dramatic points in the entire play and they provide huge amounts of anticipation to the audience's minds in the actions following.
This is helped by the fast moving plot which Shakespeare conscientiously created. Tension and suspense is a key aspect to the two key scenes and I think Shakespeare creates a lot of it and in an effective way. Shakespeare also very cleverly bases the two pivotal scenes around opposing themes which is dramatic in its own form. Overall I feel Shakespeare is a very skilful dramatist and knows how to grip the audiences' attention using a variety of techniques, in different ways.
With so many plots and characters the audience can’t look away without later on not understanding something. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Shakespeare makes his first scenes so important. Introducing almost every character in the play, including fighting scenes and important speeches and also some humour helps keep the vast variety of audience amused and entertained.
Shakespeare does this by using several language techniques to create an interesting opening scene. Shakespeare uses humour, action and romance all in Act One and it is this variation that keeps the audience's attention. The play begins with a prologue that is written in the form of a sonnet. The Prologue gives a summary of the play but does not give away too much of the plot, in order to keep the suspense. Shakespeare tells of the great tragedy that will follow.
Analyzing the Contrast Of Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most popular plays, a romantic tragedy written in about 1593. An underlying feature running throughout the play is Shakespeare's use of contrast, love/hate, young/old, life/death, light/dark, tragedy/comedy and real/unreal. Shakespeare draws out, illustrates and emphasises those contrasts by clever use of language, character, and the plot itself. What I feel is one of the most important aspects of the play is the contrast between love and hate, and I will deal with this aspect now. The whole basis of the play is the great love between Romeo and Juliet which is set against the background of the great hatred between the montagues and the capulets.