Taking a Chance on Love in “Much Ado About Nothing”

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Taking a Chance on Love in “Much Ado About Nothing”
William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing presents a fascinating depiction of two pairs of lovers who take a chance on love in very different ways. In a sense, it may be argued that these pairs of lovers – Hero and Claudio, and Beatrice and Benedick – represent, respectively, immature passion and mature, experienced love.
Audiences today will have seen many versions of the Beatrice and Benedick relationship in film and television; two sharp-witted, strong individuals who overcome initial circumstances and distrust and fall passionately in love. In the view of most critics, theirs is the dominant love story in Much Ado About Nothing as it reflects the reality of our fears and hopes for...
The end:
.....osed. True to character, they flirtingly snap at each to their final kiss; two mature lovers who remain “wild” at heart.
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