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How does Shakespeare present relationships between men and woman in Much A do About Nothing, and how might a modern audience respond to this?

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How does Shakespeare present relationships between men and woman in Much A do About Nothing, and how might a modern audience respond to this? The purpose of the essay is to show how Shakespeare portrays relationships and how he uses the theme love and marriage through out the play. I will also analyse how a modern audience would interpret the play. Much Ado About Nothing shows us different sorts of relationships between men and woman, this mainly being in the form of Beatrice and Benedick, whose relationship is of unrequited love, then there is Claudio and hero whose relationship is that of courtly love. The basic pattern of romantic comedy is that love creates discord in society. We can see this from the beginning of the play when the troubles of war is over and the characters have time to relax, and so their thoughts turn to amusement and love. One would argue that Claudio's love to Hero is true and that of pureness, but I believe that Claudio's so called 'love for Hero' is actually mistaken for 'lust'. I also believe that his love for Hero is based on only physical attraction, as he falls in love with Hero when only seeing her once and without event talking to her. ...read more.

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Other characters contrive to make Beatrice and Benedick, who seem to despise each other and who spend most of their time trading insults, fall in love, this is shown in the act 2 scene 3 and in the act 3 scene 1. I find it very odd how these two strong wited characters both are easily fooled when they would talk of love as a burden and a sin, perhaps the characters uses there insults to hide behind their true feelings and really did want to be in love. Claudio and Hero act within the play as 'love-struck teenagers'. Hero has no say in the matter of marriage to Claudio. When Claudio shames Hero at the wedding, he leaves her and then finds out that she is dead. Which is not true, but when he finds out that Hero did not wrong him, he becomes very melancholy and when Leonato proposes that he is to marry his niece he accepts. A modern audience would find this astonishing as if he was truly in love with Hero we would not have excepted this, but in the renaissance period Claudio would have been seen as doing the noble thing. I find it odd, that Hero and the rest of the characters forgive Claudio and his actions so easily. ...read more.

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1 Act 1 Scene 1, line 140, Wordworth Classics- Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare. Claudio says " Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of Signior Leonato?" 2 Act 1 Scene 1, line 175, Wordworth Classics- Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare. Benedick mocks by saying "thou wilt needs thrust thy neck into a yoke, wear the print of it" 3 Act 2 Scene 3, line 10, Wordworth Classics- Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare. Benedick laughs " the shallow follies of love". 4 Act 2 Scene 1, line 51-52, Wordworth Classics- Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare. Beatrice says," till god make men of some other metal than earth". 5 Act 2 Scene1, line 20-21, Wordworth Classics- Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare. Beatrice says "God sends a curst cow short horns- but to a cow too curst he sends none" 6 Act 1 Scene 1, line 229-231, Wordworth Classics- Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare. Benedick says, " but ever the sensible Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull's horns and set them in my forehead". 7 Act 2 scene 1, line 45-48, Wordworth Classics- Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare. Beatrice says, " it is my cousins duty to make curtsy, and say father, as it please you. But yet for all that, cousin, let him be a handsome fellow, or else make another curtsy and say father as it please me" ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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