How Shakespeare Portrays Love in the Play 'Much Ado About Nothing'

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How does Shakespeare portray love in the play ‘much a do about nothing?’ This topic covers about the way love is expressed in the play ‘much a do about nothing’. In the play, Shakespeare shows love in various ways. There were two main romances in the play that had very different qualities and different types or relationships and demeanours, so these two couples in the play have a contrast of how different their relationship’s are. So the first main romance we see in the play is of course, Hero and Claudio. This is a pair of conventional lovers that have gone through a lot of ups and downs. This relationship has so many negative points and positive. As Claudio metaphorically asks, ‘can the world buy such a jewel’. This is showing those women were seen has objects, and makes you realise the gender inequalities. Of course, you see a comparison to the relationship that Benedick and Beatrice have, it’s a much more romantic, stereo typed relationship than what Beatrice and Benedick have. Claudio is so in love with Hero, that Benedick claims Claudio changes as a person. “Seeing how much another man is a fool when he dedicates his behaviours to love”, is a quote by Benedick saying that Claudio has shown a feminine, amorous, passionate side to himself. However, this whole ‘in love phase’ soon changes with Claudio, as Claudio decides to exploit Hero. This shows that Shakespeare has shown that although on the outside surface, Claudio and Hero have a perfect love relationship, it’s definitely not that underneath because Claudio’s judgements on Hero change so swiftly it’s hard to believe Claudio ever did love Hero. However, when we compare this messed up relationship with Beatrice and Benedick, you find that this is where true love comes into place. This is why the two couples contrast so much, because Beatrice and Benedick’s relationship is where the real love is. As you watch Benedick and Beatrice joke and banter around during the play, you notice how similar their...
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