Much Ado About Nothing Analysis

911 WordsSep 17, 20174 Pages
In William Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing, love has played a major rule as theme in this play. Shakespeare discussed different kinds of loving relationships; romantic love, family support and loyal friendship, and he shows how different characters react to love in many different ways. The main plot of Much Ado About Nothing is that of the relationship between Claudio and Hero, and the hidden love between Benedick and Beatrice. Similarly, deception is a big concept to consider as a theme in this play. Each of the main characters being the victim of deception; Shakespeare in this play shows that deception is not inherently evil, but can also be pure. Characters in this play have experience love in different ways; starting with Claudio that falls in love with Hero from the first time he sees her, and decided to get married. “In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever I looked on,” (1,1,168) it would seem that the love Claudio has for Hero is a result of first attraction on looks, however, Claudio’s character seems to be immature and inexperienced. Later in the play, when Claudio is suspicious of her, he instantly forgets the love he had for her, and that love turned to a full of hatred. On the other hand, Hero’s willingness to forgive Claudio is just as disturbing as Claudio’s rejection of her. She does not fight for her pride after what Claudio did to her but instead marries him willingly. “And when I lived, I was your other wife, And when you loved, you were my other husband,” (62, 5, 4) this line shows how forgiving and innocent Hero is as a character. Claudio and Hero's views of love are very different to Beatrice and Benedick's, as they both vowed that they will never marry at the beginning of the play. Their relationship starts with witty insults as they were trying to deceive themselves that they do not love the other. However, they seem to throw their beliefs about love away as soon as they hear about someone loving them. “Here comes Beatrice. By this day, she’s a fair lady. I do spy some marks of love in her,” (2, 3, 244-246) this line shows how Benedick loves for Beatrice, and that he was trying to hide this love by always criticizing her. “And Benedick, love on; I will requite thee,
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