Love In Romeo And Juliet & Much Ado About Nothing

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Two of Shakespeare’s most well known plays; ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ are both based on multiple themes of love. Both contain the elements of; love at first sight and love being shallow. Shakespeare’s classic tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ features two young lovers from feuding families who fall in love and are willing to sacrifice almost anything for their love. Whereas the comedy ‘Much Ado about Nothing’, is about two couples; Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero, these couple’s love follow the trend of a love is declared, then challenged, and then is finally reasserted in the harmony of marriage. Claudio and Hero fall in love, break apart, and then fall in love again, while at the same time, Beatrice and Benedick are being tricked into loving each other. Shakespeare wrote these plays within the decade of 1590 in Elizabethan England; both these plays are set in Renaissance Italy and are both based on similar themes of love. Shakespeare’s purpose in writing these dramas may have been to highlight the power of love, love at first sight being a theme that may warn the audience to take caution with love and its capabilities. The idea of love at first sight is evident from the beginning of the play Romeo and Juliet. In the prologue Shakespeare makes reference to Romeo and Juliet as "A pair of star-cross’d lovers" in line 6. In other words, the two lovers are thwarted by destiny from the very beginning. The imagery of “star-cross’d”; the stars not being in favour of the lovers for Elizabethan audiences would be recognized as love destined for something else which they know leads to tragedy as the rest of the prologue insinuates. Although not meant to be together; as “star-cross’d lovers” with “death-mark’d love”, this ill fated and forbidden love is emphasized by Shakespeare in the prologue so that the audience sympathize with Romeo and
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