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In comparison to Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare also uses foreshadowing and dramatic irony, to present conflict within Much Ado about Nothing.

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In comparison to Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare also uses foreshadowing and dramatic irony, to present conflict within Much Ado about nothing. Whilst both plays are similar in the way that the subsequent and misunderstanding relationships between 'Claudio/hero' and Romeo/Juliet - drive the plots of love conflicted affairs, on the contrary to 'Romeo and Juliet'; instead of using deep 'haunting' words to present conflict, Shakespeare uses witty insults between Beatrice and Benedick foreshadowing their falling in love: "She misused me past the endurance of a block" From this quote we can see how Shakespeare uses metaphorical language through the word 'block' expressing how even a block of wood would become upset by Beatrice's horrible nature. ...read more.

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In addition to this, he also uses a similar technique in 'Romeo and Juliet' Act 3 Scene 2, which shows how juxtaposition has become a key feature to present conflict within both plays. "O serpent heart, with a flowering face" A damned saint, an honourable villain" Juliet uses these phrases whilst letting her feelings known towards Romeos actions. Juxtaposition shows a clear contrast within her emotions, as she compliments Romeo followed by a distained insult - the use of a 'saint' in comparison to a 'villain' shows how Juliet is clearly deeply torn between her family's feud and love for Romeo, whilst 'serpent heart' (used to open her speech) shows how Shakespeare also uses metaphorical language to straight away keep the audience enticed by the complicated hatred within the love affair. ...read more.

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Beatrice's ability to come back at Benedick each time-until he is the one that walks away-shows that she is not a conventional young woman. From this we can see how Shakespeare is showing us an alternative to the very silent love which Claudio and Hero will come to embody. However, on the complete opposite 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragedy. Therefore Shakespeare uses a much more violent approach in order to show conflict. For example the death of Mercutio and Tybalt are used to create a sense of tensity throughout the play, presenting the intensifying conflict. Whereas in Much ado about nothing, even though death is implied (Hero's death), the audience know that she hasn't died-showing how due to the difference in genres, Shakespeare uses much more dramatic irony in order to heighten the sense of conflict. ...read more.

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