William Shakespeare 's Much Ado About Nothing

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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 of his, as he portrays several branches of love such as friendship, parental love, and romantic love. In Much Ado about Nothing, Shakespeare demonstrates the ways in which Claudio and Hero’s love shows the triumph of imagination over intelligence compared to Benedick and Beatrice’s love which also shows the triumph of imagination over intelligence throughout the beginning but slowly progresses into intelligence over imagination towards the end. Claudio and Hero’s love revolves around imagination over intelligence as a result of their sudden romance while Benedick and Beatrice’s love revolves around intelligence over imagination because of the true love that they express towards each other. Claudio is quite possibly the primary character
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