William Shakespeare 's Much Ado About Nothing

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In Shakespeare 's play, Much Ado about Nothing, many contrasting views on the subject of love are dramatised in the relationships presented, particularly those of Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero. These views help to shape the play into a comedy, due to the severe differences.

Benedick 's slightly misogynistic views of love at the start of the play contrast heavily with his views by the end, as they change so drastically. He claims, in Act 1 Scene 1, that he is "loved by all ladies", yet he "loves none", suggesting that he is quite frivolous in terms of loving, further supported by his claims of being a "professional tyrant to their sex". Women love him nevertheless, but he does not reciprocate the feelings, as he deems women as unfaithful and untrustworthy, using the recurring motif of a "cuckold" to support his claims. In Elizabethan times, it was believed that married men would grow horns of a cuckold if their wife was unfaithful, thus a symbol of hurt pride and shame on the male 's behalf. Due to the repetition of the Cuckold motif, it could be interpreted that Benedick may have an underlying sense of fear inside him if he were to marry an unfaithful bride. Benedick may not want to be hurt, nor have his pride tainted, thus his strong facade against marriage and serious relationships with women.
However, in Act 2 Scene 3, his views drastically change after Claudio, Don Pedro and Leonarto trick Benedick, who is eavesdropping, into thinking that Beatrice loves…
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