Love in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Essay

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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
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At the end of this scene, where Benedick has his second monologue, we see Benedick's dramatic change of heart towards the fairer sex. He retracts his earlier stance, and despite the 'remnants of wit,' that will be 'broken on me,' his attitude is irreversibly inverted, for the less 'proud,' and the more 'horribly in love.' He invents a number of humorous excuses for his change of heart,

'the world must be peopled.' 'When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.'

This exhibits that he it is not his deeper, witty self that has changed, but the surface misogyny that he had already admitted in Act 1 Scene 1 was 'after my custom,' hence not entirely serious, and so easy to drop.

During the two gulling scenes, namely Act 2 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 1, Shakespeare and the characters 'in' on the gulling are effectively playing with the love of two individuals. Benedick and Beatrice suspect nothing, taking all the overheard gossip at face value; strange for a pair of characters that seem to read so much into what is said at most other times. This is an example of love being manipulated for humours sake; there are some amusing comments that Benedick makes, 'There's a double meaning in that,' he observes about Beatrice's curt greeting, a foolish but understandable remark. Beatrice also comes up with some ironic masterpieces, her 'kindness
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