Love in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
What is love? Many people would answer this question differently. People fall in love, get married, and form families with children, pets and houses. Every family differs from one another. The reason that no identical families exist in this world is that people understand love in their own ways.
There is no correct answer describing what love really is. That is why this topic is so frequently discussed and analyzed by psychologists, writers, and just by common people in personal conversations.
In this essay I would like to emphasize different ideas of how love is understood and discussed in literature. This topic has been immortal. One can notice that throughout the whole history writers have always been returning to this subject no matter what century people lived in or what their nationality was.
In the comedy Much Ado about Nothing written by William Shakespeare in 1600, love is the major subject discussed by the author, which is presented to the readers. The author does not give a direct answer to this question - he lets the reader find it and think about it from his or her own point of view.
There are two love relationships developing throughout the plot. The reader witnesses "love from the first sight" between Claudio and Hero, and laughs at Beatrice's scorns and attitude towards Bene*censored*. However, as the plot develops, these relationships develop too. Although they change, there is one thing that remains constant - the contrast between these relationships.
"Love may grow soft or even rotten (Claudio's "rotten orange" at the altar is more nearly a description of himself at the moment than it is of Hero), or, at the other extreme, it may harden into a shell of pride," writes Harold Goddard in The Meaning of Shakespeare. The characters fall into the extremes of possible love relationships. In the beginning of the play Claudio and Hero seem to be love and to be perfectly created for each other. Nice and sweet Hero conqueres the romantic heart of young Claudio. Everybody thinks they made the cutest couple together, and Hero's father, Leonato, happily blesses his daughter.
The other couple, Beatrice and Bene*censored*, seem to be the enemies for life. They are the center of fights and jokes. They argue and scorn each other all the time. Even after Bene*censored* just returns from the war, they already fight like a cat and a dog. Beatrice hates the thought of getting married, and she constantly reminds everyone about it.
"I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me," says she to Bene*censored*. Bene*censored* calls her "My Lady Disdain", and Beatrice makes a remark that "scratching could not make it worse an 'twere such a face as yours [Bene*censored*'s] were."
The first impression the reader gets from the beginning of the play is that Hero and Claudio are perfectly in love with each other and they definitely would get married...