Themes In Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare’s work resonates with audiences today for his relatable themes that he encapsulates throughout his plays. Whether it is a tragedy that leaves the audience in tears or a comedy that leaves the audience holding their bellies from laughter, Shakespeare manages to touch on everyone’s emotions who come into contact with his creations. They leave the audience with a feeling of catharsis that allows them to expel their sentiments and bring forth a sense of relief. It also forces audiences to ponder what Shakespeare is trying to say about society and its expectations or norms that should come into question. One of the themes Shakespeare touches on is role-playing and disguise. There are three texts where the themes of role-play and disguise are demonstrated to show character development; Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and King Lear. In Shakespeare’s literature, disguise and role-playing are used to show a transformation of the character’s personalities as they accept the new roles they have to take on, when they are met with an untimely challenge. In Much Ado About Nothing the story follows Beatrice and Benedict as they are tricked into falling in love, while the relationship between the betrothed Hero and Claudio is tormented with. This play is full of deception and lies from the very start, and just creates complications that the characters could have avoided if they did not have to hide their true intentions. Early on in the story Claudio reveals to
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