Shot essay on Much Ado





Much Ado about Nothing has been classified as an outstanding
romantic comedy. Fanciful notions, emotional intensity, love,
adventure, the beauties of Nature and of women -- all these aspects
of romance are present. Love is also the major theme in
Shakespeare\'s romantic comedies. The love theme involves both
the pairs: Hero and Claudio, and Bene*censored* and Beatrice. For
Claudio and Hero it is love at first sight, but there is an absence of
passion and intensity. Claudio has his friend, Don Pedro, woo Hero
by proxy. In complete contrast, Beatrice and Bene*censored*\'s pairing is
a fiery match. They display tremendous will and wit, and in the
end cannot help but be drawn to one another. Bene*censored* and
Beatrice are intellectual beings. Beatrice shows her wit in the very
opening dialogue when she makes several satirical remarks about
Bene*censored* before his arrival in Messina. Bene*censored* displays his wit
in a soliloquy in which he ridicules Claudio for his follies, believed
to have been committed after falling in love. He constantly mocks
Cupid\'s efforts. He teases Beatrice indefinitely. In the end, it does not matter how or why two people are drawn to each other. It does not matter what stumbling blocks are thrown in
their way, whether those blocks be malicious plots of one\'s own
stubborn will. Love conquers all, and any attempt to stand in love\'s
path is simply a lot of fuss with no chance of success (much ado
about nothing). There are, of course, some troublesome aspects of the play.
Claudio\'s lack of faith in Hero makes him a less than heroic hero.
Leonato shares this flaw. Neither are bad men, but their lack of
loyalty and commitment causes the reader to pause and ponder
whether either man truly deserves a relationship with the long-
suffering Hero. The truth of the matter is, however, that in a
romantic comedy, all the sins of all the characters are forgiven.
The endings are happy without exception.




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