Marriage Is a Satisfactory Resolution in 'Much Ado About Nothing' Discuss Essay

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Marriage is a satisfactory resolution in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Discuss. ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (MAAN) as a dramatic comedy is traditionally associated with marriage as it usually symbolises a ‘happy ending’ to the play. Throughout the play we see two separate romantic relationships develop, and both, despite meeting with conflict, conclude with marriage. However, some would argue that these marriages are not a satisfying conclusion in MAAN as within the play marriage is undermined by Shakespeare as he represents it as being tainted to the extent that we are not convinced that it represents a happy ending at all. Shakespeare first introduces the theme of marriage into MAAN as though it is something many would not want ‘But I hope you have no intent to turn husband, have you?’ (1.1). Benedick using the words ‘I hope’ suggests to the audience he does not want himself or Claudio to get married, suggesting he is anti-marriage. Benedick swears at the start of the play he will never be married as he equates marriage with being tamed. He laments that marriage turns strong men into pathetic ones ‘I will do myself the right to trust no one’ Benedick saying ‘trust no one’ could suggest how he has been hurt in love before. Being hurt in love before could be the factor making him so against it. . Benedick is introduced to the play by the woman who he ends the play with, Beatrice. ‘And a good solider to a lady’ (1.1.50). This perception of Benedick suggests that he is a ladies man and is not loyal therefore it is ironic how he concludes the play a married man but it is also ironic how he will ‘trust no one’ because Beatrice’s description about him being a ladies man would mean he is the one who is unfaithful not the woman, so maybe Benedick doesn’t like the thought of marriage due to the fact he can’t trust himself with one woman. He starts and finishes the play a

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