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 ingrained in the men of this play is that women are not to be trusted. The social anxiety that is behind this ideology is cuckoldry–the pain, and shame of experiencing infidelity from a woman. This ingrained notion seems illogical, because none of the men in the play have personally experienced infidelity from a woman, but all seem to be at their edge of their seat waiting for it to happen. Mistrusting women seems to be an acceptable, and sometimes even commendable quality. Benedick hypes, “That a woman conceived me, I thank her. That she brought me up, I likewise give her most humble thanks. But that I will…hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all women shall pardon me... I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the right…
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