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Much Ado About nothing essay Much Ado About nothing explores the unconventional area of love in that period. Shakespeare uses Beatrice and Benedick's relationship to be exciting and make the play much more interesting. Beatrice and Benedick's relationship is contrasted against Claudio and Hero's and made to be more real; their love is more likely to last. Shakespeare is ahead of his time in thinking that women should be more feisty and less shy, his play makes the audience of that time ask questions like: 'Which love is more real?' Claudio and Hero's relationship is a symbol of romantic love; the pure, kind and submissive Hero is always out to please the dominant, virtuous brave and also kind Claudio. Beatrice and Benedick's relationship is totally the opposite however, it started from arguments between the two and Benedick never dominates Beatrice. Beatrice is totally against love and marriage: 'Not till God make men of some other metal than earth' which is a contrast to Hero who is keen on getting married. ...read more.

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Beatrice and Benedick's relationship is made more exciting contrasting Claudio and Hero's by the use of Dramatic tension. In the garden scene when Benedick is eavesdropping on Don Pedro, Leonarto and Claudio's premeditated love trap Don Pedro takes the opportunity to take a shot at Benedick knowing full well he would love to reply but he can't or his cover will be blown which is dramatic tension. Their relationship is made evermore interesting and exciting by the way six 'love gods' who tricked their friends formed it. There are so many contrasts between the two relationships to make 'Much Ado About Nothing' exciting but there are little comparisons except that in the end true love is present in both relationships. Beatrice and Benedicks relationship is made more tense and interesting by the dramatic irony used in the masked ball scene. From the text we can see that Beatrice knows as well as the audience that Benedick is behind the mask but she pretends not to and insults him playing a game almost, saying: 'I'm sure you know him well enough'. ...read more.

Conclusion

The fact that Benedick chooses Beatrice's heart over Claudio's (his best friend who he has known for a long time) life illustrates the powerful love he has for her. By the end of the play Beatrice and Benedick have gained; gained in self-knowledge, gained in having a powerful love for someone that they hold for you and gained in experiencing the wonders of falling in love, they have earned each other. In contrast to Claudio and Hero who have had a short and rough ride and haven't really gained in anything except finding their true love. Claudio and Hero's relationship is conventional unexciting, uninteresting, pure and boring but it's what makes the main attraction, the completely opposite relationship of Beatrice and Benedick which is unconventional (of the period), exciting, interesting, feisty, ironic, funny and most important of all realistic. Their relationship may not have had a part for romantic love to play but it was realistic, it was Shakespeare's eye opener to show the audience that maybe romantic love isn't a lasting love, or a real love but it's a short love that may not give you happiness. ...read more.

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