Professor Sophie Weeks
5 November 2012
Much Ado about Nothing
To quote the lyrics of a famous pop star:
I can't believe I believed everything we had would last
So young and naive of me to think she was from your past
Silly of me to dream of one day having your kids
Love is so blind it feels right when it's wrong.
The display of human emotions is an everyday occurrence. These emotions range from happiness to sorrow, love to hate, aversion to desire, all of which are revealed in Shakespeare’s play, Much Ado About Nothing. Wide assortments of emotions are displayed in abundance throughout this work. There are times when the characters’ strengths are shown, and when their weaknesses are exposed. There is, however, a common goal of the male and the female: to find true love and happiness. Shakespeare’s treatment of love in Much Ado About Nothing differs from his other romantic comedies. Sure, it shares the same stagy plot, which finishes with the lovers finally getting back together, but Shakespeare also mocks the conventions of courtly love which was popular at the time. In Much Ado about Nothing, there are many examples of deception and self-deception. The games and tricks played on people often have the best intentions—to make people fall in love, to help someone get what they want, or to make someone realize their mistakes. It is said that "love is blind," yet the emotions that oppose it are in the same way arresting and controlling. Clouding the truth that was once seemingly evident, these emotions in opposition tend to create a chaos. This chaos is the same which Shakespeare portrays as the inconsistency of love. Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing illustrates how anger, jealousy, and betrayal cause this to be so. Beatrice and Benedick are said to have an ongoing "merry war.” When analyzing their relationship throughout the storyline, however, “merry” is the least accurate word that comes to mind. The words they...
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