Essay on Inconstancy in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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Inconstancy in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) explains inconstancy as the recurrent and generally unexpected or impulsive change from one condition to another. It is the state or quality of being inconstant and unfaithful by virtue of being undependable or deceitful. Set in Messina, Sicily, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a very popular play generally viewed as one of his happiest comedies and is often performed in theatres. However, the playfulness and cheerfulness of the play is haunted by a cloud of melancholy which tells readers of the potential dangers and pain that can result from miscommunication, deceit and treachery. This play has two entwining plots; one revolves around the wooing of Hero by Claudio, which is momentarily disturbed by Don John, the villain in the play. The other plot revolves around Beatrice and Benedict who are in love with each other but keep engaging in witty arguments and “merry war” (Cook 190). The play mainly focuses on the problematic relationship between Claudio and Hero unlike that of Benedict and Beatrice which is more reliable. False reports, hearsay and rumours play a major role in the development of the play’s dual plots. This paper looks into the successive theme of inconstancy of the human nature in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and remarks on how a person can make foolish and regrettable decisions when they fail to make sober considerations.
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