William Shakespeare 's Much Ado About Nothing Essay

1036 Words Apr 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Love. Love is expressed and heralded in various ways in every culture across the world. Many humans are unwilling, too stubborn, or simply too independent to admit their love or cave into love’s demands. On rare occasions, however, it is stubbornness and the yearning for independence that bring lovers together. William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” encompasses many different themes in a relatively short play. The theme of the most importance and the most persistence throughout the play is independence. Many characters exemplify and demonstrate the importance, or unimportance, independence is life, but Benedick and Beatrice are, perhaps, the best example of independence in “Much Ado about Nothing”. Benedick and Beatrice’s sharp tongues and reluctance to admit their feelings for each other prove how their need for independence drove them apart in the past, but then only made them realize, through their separation, that they were meant to be together.
It is vitally important to know a quick history of how the Benedick and Beatrice were acquainted with each other. Benedick was a wealthy soldier who had just returned home to Messina after fighting a war under Don Pedro’s leadership (Shakespeare 1995). Benedick is an intelligent man that often banters with Beatrice, however, he swears that he will never marry (Shakespeare 1995). Beatrice is the niece of Leonato, whose home in Messina is where most of the play takes place (Shakespeare 1995). She too is an extremely witty…

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