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Much ado about Nothing - 'The road to happiness is strewn with difficulties and dangers.' How true is this of Hero and Claudio, or Beatrice and Benedick?

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Emma Bright Yr 10 English Monday, August 13th 2001 'THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS IS STREWN WITH DIFFICULTIES AND DANGERS.' HOW TRUE IS THIS OF HERO AND CLAUDIO, OR BEATRICE AND BENEDICK? Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's comical plays, including complications within the lives of his characters on their way to finding happiness. These difficulties and dangers are commonly found evident within the relationships of both pairs of star-crossed lovers, namely Hero and Claudio, and Beatrice and Benedick. From these situations arise interest and amusement, also adding delight when all is resolved in the form of marriage. The characters of Hero and Claudio belong to the tradition of romance, in which lovers endure misfortunes and tribulations, before winning through to happiness in the end. Their love is based on each other's appearances, not their minds, as Claudio says to Don Pedro: 'O, my lord When you went onward on this ended action, I looked upon her with a soldier's eye, That liked, but had a rougher task in hand Than to drive liking to he name of love; But now I am returned and ...read more.

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This may demonstrate that loving by the eye can cause dangerous consequences to the relationship. Certainly evident in Hero and Claudio, where these dangers and difficulties have arisen, only to be resolved in the form of their union of marriage. Beatrice and Benedick's relationship also cause difficulties and dangers to arise, but not in the same way as within the relationship of Claudio and Hero. The courting of Beatrice and Benedick plays differently, and less with the eye than with the mind. They rely on their own judgment with each other, rather than their societies, causing themselves to cause the complications within their relationship, rather that the others around them. Both Beatrice and Benedick have extremely strong personalities, which for a wile kept them coming togther. They both thought marriage was a stupid institution, with Benedick declaring to Don Pedro: 'That a woman conceived me, I thank her; that she brought me up, I likewise give her my most humble thanks; but that I will have a recheat winded in my forehead, or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all women shall pardon me. ...read more.

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But within these relationships, difficulties and dangers, or complications as they may be commonly called, arise threatening the development of their love. This can evidently be seen in both pairs of the fair young Hero, daughter of Leonato, the Governor of Messina and Count Claudio, and the spirited Beatrice, cousin of Hero and Benedick, friend of Claudio. With Hero and Claudio, we see the deception created by Don John and his sidemen Borachio and Conrade, which is made more believable due to the fact that their love sprung from appearances. This allows trickery and dishonesty attributable to the fact that they do not know each other fully. Also within the relationship of Beatrice and Benedick, because they are such strong, stubborn, independent characters, they feel the need to speak their mind, viciously if it must be, however they're actually fighting and hurting one another. They're also both at the start of the play extremely against the idea of the conformity of a wedding. As with all the other complications both Beatrice and Benedick and Hero and Claudio have to endure, they have been overcome and conquered, in order for the pairs of lovers to find happiness. ...read more.

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