Essay on Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare "Much Ado About Nothing" in fact has a great deal to say about love and marriage. What is Shakespeare trying to tell us about relationships between men and women? Compare the play's treatment of love with that in "Silas Marner" In "Much Ado About Nothing" there are many different forms of love and relationships that range from youthful infatuation to parental love. Shakespeare makes many comments about men and women and shows the audience a variety of both romantic and platonic relationships. In this essay, I shall examine the differences between the relationships that are based around romance, mutual respect and power and discuss what…show more content…
In this comment, the audience get a glimpse of his character, youth and inexperience, and may well question Claudio's feelings and wonder whether they are genuine and to be trusted. In addition, the fact that Claudio asks Don Pedro about Hero's family and whether she has any brothers suggests that he could be thinking about money and inheritance; "Hath Leonato any sons, my Lord?" (1:1:261). This implies that Claudio could be calculating and shows a materialistic, mercenary interest in marriage. Are Claudio's feelings entirely based on the sight of Hero, or is money governing his intentions? I believe that Claudio is most interested in the dowry that he will receive when marrying Hero, although he is also infatuated with her and loves her beauty. This questions whether he is a true romantic. Of course, during the Elizabethan period, marriages were often based on money, and not usually on love. On one hand, Shakespeare could be merely writing about the formalities and realities of Elizabethan marriages, yet on the other, could he be questioning this practice? Does Claudio want to marry for love or money? Claudio is being realistic, and in my opinion he would like the money from inheritance to support a family as well as being wealthy. Throughout the play, Hero is a traditional
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