William Shakespeare 's Much Ado About Nothing

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William Shakespeare’s play Much Ado about Nothing traverses the complex social, and emotional trials and triumphs of romantic relationships; Shakespeare’s perspective on the subject is both very similar to ours today, and different. Although filled with sexual innuendos, and humorous trickery and shenanigans, Much Ado about Nothing also dives into the complexities of social anxieties, defense mechanisms to cope with the social pressures, and the emotions involved. First, the characters in Much Ado about Nothing deal with pressures of their time that do not totally match up to societal norms of today. However, the concept of the desire to fit the standard is the same today as it was in Shakespeare’s time. One interesting ideology…show more content…
65). He fears trusting a woman, because he does not acknowledge any benefit in risking being betrayed by one. Although Shakespeare’s motif of cuckoldry does not apply to modern days, going against the social grain is still problematic, and a source of anxiety. In addition, people today remain painfully aware of the risks of taking a leap of faith to become romantically involved with another person. To continue, the majority of Much Ado about Nothing humorously exhibits natural defense mechanisms against social fears. Wit, sarcasm, and humor tend to shroud these fears. For instance, Beatrice mockingly claims, “I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me” (pg. 57). Women of Shakespeare’s time fear men’s infidelity–or maybe more so their unwillingness to commit–more quietly. The women are perfectly aware of the imperfections of men–Beatrice for one declares she will trust men after “God make men of some other metal” (Shakespeare, pg. 89). Beatrice expertly mocks this dread that she most likely carries with humor. Like, when Leonato prods Beatrice about relationships, she laughingly claims she would gladly go to Hell to avoid being bound to a man and says, “there [Hell] the devil meet me like an old cuckold with horns on his head, and say ‘Get you to Heaven…So I deliver up my apes and away to Saint Peter. For the heavens, he shows me where the bachelors sit, and there live we as merry as the day is long” (Shakespeare,
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