Much Ado About Nothing Literary Analysis

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In many classic stories, the idea of romance is a common theme. This theme, in many stories, affects the story, the characters, and the behaviors of said characters. Two such stories that revolve around this theme are William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, and both are considered classic stories. However, the relationships in both stories end very differently due to how love is approached by the characters. Love also has different meanings in the context of these stories, as well as having a unique effect on each character. The first story that discusses these ideas is ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. In this Shakespeare play, two sets of couples must deal with their feelings for one another and the …show more content…
However, their endings are somewhat similar: there is a happy marriage at the end of both, and the theme of love triumphing in the end is present in both stories. Though, the ending of ‘Wuthering Heights’ is more bittersweet than ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, for there was a wedding and a happy ending for the second generation, but not the first. In ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, everything ends a happy note and no one dies—very different from ‘Wuthering Heights’. However, while love is the driving force of the characters’ actions in both stories, the author’s ideas of what creates love are not quite the same. For example, Shakespeare’s idea of love revolves around thoughtfulness, faith, and honesty, all of which play a role in both relationships. Claudio is tricked into believing that Hero was unfaithful when she is honest, while Beatrice and Benedick develop love through their understanding of one another. On the other hand, Emily Bronte’s view of love is different: in her story, love is first viewed as a destructive and unchanging thing, but when the second generation comes, love changes and becomes all about growth and the beauty of love. In Heathcliff and Catherine’s love story, that love is what causes Heathcliff to become such a destructive person, because his love for her can and will never change. In the case of Hareton and Cathy,

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