The Taming Of The Shrew And Much Ado About Nothing Literary Analysis

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Shakespeare’s plays are often associated with great love stories. Love is a subject which is omnipresent in both his tragedies and comedies. In comedies, love is even a requirement that “is always fulfilled despite all of the blocking complications” (Charney 27). These complications are often the main plot of the plays, the reason why the story unfolds the way it does. It is these complications that give depth to the characters, their relationships and their love. The ways these complications unfold give us indications as to how two individuals relate to each other and how deep their connection is. They reveal holes in character traits and test the characters’ faith, trust and trustworthiness. These attributes are among the ones questioned in both The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado about Nothing. In these two plays are four main relationships which unravel over the course of the events. These are four love stories with their own complications and obstacles to overcome. Yet, as individual as they may seem, they share certain similarities between them. On the one hand we have Bianca and Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew and Hero and Claudio in Much Ado about Nothing who share a certain resemblance in the way their relationships form and especially how said relationships then express themselves. More importantly, there are Kate and Petruccio in The Taming of the Shrew and Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing who share one striking complication in their
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