William Shakespeare 's Much Ado About Nothing And Hamlet

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Characterization is a literary element that is portrayed as the definition of the character by means of their thoughts, well-being, actions, and interactions with the other set roles. William Shakespeare’s plays included dissimilar characters and different methods of characterization. The two plays that will be compared and contrasted are William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. As for the characters from each play, Beatrice, Benedict, Don John, Don Pedro, Claudio, and Hero will be assessed from Much Ado About Nothing and from Hamlet, Hamlet, Claudius, Gertrude, Polonius, Laertes, and Ophelia. The importance of the above characters from each play is that they serve as the basis for identifying characteristics.
Love, hate, and marriage, are three characteristics of Much Ado About Nothing that reveal its main character 's traits. First, Beatrice and Benedict are undoubtedly the plays most comedic characters due to the fact that they cannot stand the sight of one another and let alone be in each others presence (Peterson). Beatrice is completely self infatuated with herself and Benedict has no desire to even converse more than three words with her (Crowther 100), ironically enough, the two eventually fall in love and decide to be wed (Peterson). Second, Don John and his brother Don Pedro show the struggle between good and evil (Peterson). Don John is the play’s clear villain whose only desire is to sabotage everything his brother does, for example, setting up…
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