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The Two Pairs Of Lovers In Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing".

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The Two Pairs Of Lovers In Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" Even though love was a major ideal in Shakespearean England, we can get views from Much Ado About Nothing, which oppose this idea. From the two main 'couples' in this play we can understand their different views on commitment throughout. Shakespeare presents Beatrice and Benedick very much as equals in "Much Ado About Nothing�. They both have a negative attitude to love. If you compare how Beatrice talks to Don Pedro to how she talks to Benedick one can see that she thinks herself as being equal in superiority with Benedick but inferior to the Prince. In act 2, scene 1, Benedick says "God keep your ladyship still in that mind, so some gentlemen or other shall scape a predestinate scratched face," but Beatrice replies with "Scratching could not make it worse, and were such a face as yours were." While when Don Pedro asks her hand in marriage - "Will you have me, lady?" Beatrice replies "No, my lord, unless I might have another for working days, your grace is too costly to wear every day." ...read more.

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This suggests he is gullible especially as it has not been proved to him, or he has not spoken to Hero, he only seems to believe it because the prince believes it and does not seem to doubt Don Jon, the well-known trickster. However, in Claudio's defence he is young and inexperienced; Don John the bastard is a very clever trickster; and that even the older, more experienced Don Pedro is deceived. After the disastrous wedding we see Claudio, Benedick and Don Pedro talking. We see Claudio behave in a manner, which shows that he does not feel guilty about "murdering Hero". In fact he begins to make jokes, "We had like to have our two noses snapped off with two old men without teeth�. You would expect Claudio to be deeply upset and show some guilt instead of his almost light-hearted manner. This is not the behaviour you would expect of someone who has just lost someone they love very much. When he finds out that he "Wronged the dead Hero" because he seems genuinely in remorse and genuinely in love with Hero. ...read more.

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when Claudio and Hero were only allowed to get married with Leonato's permission and later when Hero was not given a chance to prove her innocence after being accused of adultery. We mainly get this idea from the Hero and Claudio relationship, as during the play we learn nothing of Beatrice's father or mother. Throughout the book we as the reader can make many judgements and have many thoughts on relationships in the 1600's. From the two main couples we learn of family values and expectations - for instance Leonato's huge upset at Hero's supposed adultery, when he disowns and almost denies any existence of her. We learn of different attitudes to love and we also learn of relationships between different couples and how they may of handled their affections. Today's responses are slightly different from Elizabethan responses but are mainly the same. Firstly, because of the characters, which many people can relate to, today. Secondly, the theme of love, which is very widely used and thirdly, the use of dramatic tricks and styles, which make the play enjoyable to read and watch, and helped to bring together Beatrice and Benedick, but tear apart Hero and Claudio, for a short while. ...read more.

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