Comparison of the Male Leads in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare tells the well known story of love, family feuds, and romantic death. Much Ado About Nothing, a play also by Shakespeare, deals with love and fighting off love. Shakespeare utilizes Romeo, the romantic lead in Romeo and Juliet, and Benedick, the witty, lovesick lead in Much Ado About Nothing, to express the ideal male in a relationship. According to the views of the author, the perfect male soulmate possesses a loving heart ,and a weird attitude toward their beloved. However, wisdom does not matter in the relationship between Romeo and Juliet, but it does in the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice. Both Romeo and Benedick love their partners more than anything. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo sacrifices his life to be with Juliet. After Juliet takes the potion to sleep in order to appear dead, Romeo drinks poison and says, “Thus with a kiss I die” (Shakespeare V. iii. 130). “Kiss” has a positive diction. It denotes “a touch of the lips to express desire”, and connotes a physical expression of love. This means Romeo loved Juliet. “Die” has a negative diction. To die means “to stop living”, and connotes the dreadful leaving of the soul. This means Romeo agreed to commit a dreadful act for love. If one is willing to give their lives to be with the one they love, then they love that person more than anything. In Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick agrees to do anything for Beatrice when saying, “Come, bid me do anything for thee” (IV. i.
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