Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, focuses on deceit, gender roles, stereotypical issues and noting. It revolves around relationships between the characters; Claudio and Hero as the conventional young lovers, whereas Benedick and Beatrice as the critics of love. Written in 1598, plots based on young women erroneously accused, stories about being brought close to death and to be reunited with their lovers were well-known during the Renaissance era. The accurate definition of “nothing” which has an exact sound as “noting” in which eavesdropping, rumor and gossip are the true meanings behind it; Benedick and Beatrice are deceived into declaring their love for each other, meanwhile, Claudio is …show more content…
tell you; and, circumstances shortened, for she has been to long a-talking of, the lady is disloyal” (III.II.79-82). Claudio’s reaction is scarcely credible as his faith towards Hero’s actions is unreal: “If I see anything tonight why I should not marry her, tomorrow in the congregation, where I should wed, there will I shame her” (III.ii.96-98).
Romantic love shared between Claudio and Hero is shallow because if Claudio truly loves Hero, he would fully trust her. Shakespeare has highlighted Claudio and Hero’s characters that romantic love is shallow and frivolous if it is not based on hope, faith and understanding between each other- Based on the superficial love Claudio and Hero share, Shakespeare has influenced audience’s perception by out-looking that specious love with zero hope and trust may lead to a disaster, likewise Claudio and Hero’s relationship in the future might turn into a decisive conclusion as they most certainly do not share a …show more content…
Shakespeare uses deception to prove that love can be true if there’s an affecting connection between the two pair with a sense of trust and comprehension. They are defrauding themselves into convincing they have absolutely no feelings for each other. Benedick mentioned that he finds Beatrice prettier than her as he states, “There’s her cousin, an she were not possessed
How does Shakespeare use deception to challenge the idea of romantic love in Much Ado About Nothing?
with a fury; exceeds her as much in beauty as the first of may doth the last of December” (I.i.150-52). Likewise Beatrice has got concealed feelings towards Benedick as she declares “
She cautiously indicated that her and Benedick have had past connections, “Indeed, my lor, he lent it me awhile, and I gave him use for it, a double heart for his single one” (II.i.234-36). The two have shared past experiences and this is one of the traits to represent the idea of true romantic