Much Ado About Nothing Essay: Many Facets of Love Explored

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Many Facets of Love Explored in Much Ado About Nothing


In Shakespeare's romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare focuses a great deal of time to the ideas of young, lustful, and intellectual love. Claudio and Hero, Borachio and Margaret, and Benedick and Beatrice, respectively, each represent one of the basic aspects of love. Shakespeare is careful to point out that not one path is better than another. The paths are merely different, and all end happily. Shakespeare also explores the different aspects of courtship, weddings, and the different facets of love.



The aspect of courtship in Much Ado About Nothing plays a crucial role in the development of the characters and in the evolution of the play as a whole.
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Hero's father, Leonato, is the rich mayor of the town and his house appears to be the center of it. Don Pedro starts the ball rolling when he encourages Claudio to ask Hero to marry him: "I will but teach them to sing and restore them to the owner" (II. i. 222).



Don Pedro continues on to orchestrate the paring up of Claudio and Hero: "Here, Claudio, I have wooed in thy name, and fair Hero is won" (II. i. 284). All seems to be going perfect until Don John introduces his plot to disgrace Hero with an onerous plot that will break the marriage and make a fool of Claudio: "Grow this to what adverse issue it can, I will put in practice" (II. iii. 49). When the marriage does come around, Claudio and Don Pedro are convinced that Hero is cheating on Claudio. Claudio blatantly confronts Hero about it and accuses her of adultery in front of the entire wedding procession. Hero, knowing that she did not do such a deed, and the rest of her family decide to make Claudio pay by making him believe that Hero died over the grief he caused her. During this period, Dogberry, the constable, finds Borachio and tells Leonato what has transpired. The conceptual wedding starts out perfectly but slowly, through treachery and deception, tumbles down in status until the original wedding is the biggest blunder of the play.



The crudest relationship in Much Ado About Nothing is…