Much Ado About Nothing Themes Notes

Much Ado About Nothing Themes

Love Theme

Love Theme Notes

When they do fall in love, they are ready for any sacrifice. Benedick deserts his best friends to protect the honour of Beatrice's cousin, for instance. However, even when they are ready to marry, they still poke fun at romance, and each other.

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Men and women Theme

Men And Women Theme Notes

The men themselves have very different standards. They might look for sex with a prostitute when they are young, but then expect to marry later in life (and insist on marrying a virgin).

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Courtship, Wit, and Warfare Theme

Courtship, Wit, And Warfare Theme Notes

Don John and Don Pedro, enemies in the war before the play begins, face off again on the field of social life: one schemes to ruin a marriage, another to create one. Benedick and Beatrice are “ambushed"...

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Language, Perception and Reality

Language, Perception And Reality Notes

The idea that we live in a world of language and appearances, beyond which we cannot see, is common throughout Shakespeare. The famous quote that “All the world’s a stage,” is another example.

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Marriage, Shame and Freedom Theme

Marriage, Shame And Freedom Theme Notes

Ironically, Much Ado About Nothing suggests that the characters fear of shame in love is more likely to lead to embarrassment than love itself will.

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Honour/Jealousy Themes

Honour/Jealousy Themes Notes

He resents Don Pedro and will do anything to get his own back after he lost the war. Other characters are jealous, too. Benedick does not like Hero, and does not want Claudio to marry...

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