William Shakespeare 's Much Ado About Nothing

2083 Words Nov 18th, 2014 9 Pages
Love, as we know, is a mystifying emotion. Even Sophocles, one of the three Greek tragedians whose plays have survived, stated: “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love”. As these four simple letters come together, everything else in the world is forgotten. This complicated emotion is held responsible for starting as many battles as it has ended and overall creating the world’s strongest bonds. Yet, what is love? The Oxford dictionary defines love as a strong feeling of affection but in the end, there are millions of ways that each individual defines love according to their experiences. One individual in particular is Shakespeare, who is widely known for expressing the significance of love in various plays …show more content…
Now that he has returned, and has nothing else to worry about, he decides that now is the perfect time to focus his attention on her. However, considering that it is only her physical appearance that he is noticing, it is evident that he is entirely infatuated. Claudio is so preoccupied with her beauty that instead of getting to know her, he is already convinced that he wants to marry her, which he confesses to Benedick during Act I, Scene 1. During the costume party, Claudio’s character is portrayed as quite the coward since he assists Don Pedro’s help in order to woo her. They agree that they will make her think that Don Pedro is in fact Claudio and that he will do his best to flatter her in order to make her fall in love with him. This shows Claudio’s lack of appreciation towards Hero since he does not want to get to know her himself and simply expects for her to be effortlessly handed over. Before even confessing his love to her, the first thing he does is ask her father, Leonato, for her hand in marriage which shows how his obsession has gone to the extremes and how blinded he is by false love. Claudio 's professed love seems to be dangerously shallow because when he first professes his love for her, he is careful to ask if she stands to inherit her father 's wealth. He asks Don Pedro "Hath Leonato any son, my lord?" to which Don Pedro replies "No child but Hero. She 's his only heir." (1.1.242-243). He is so excited to hear that his
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