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Star Crossed Lovers, Human Nature and Misidentification

It’s Much Ado About Nothing

Although Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s comical plays, it still contains important themes. One of the most prominent themes in the play is that of star-crossed lovers. At first, Hero and Claudio seem to be the perfect couple. They fell in love at first sight and are both very popular in society.

Trouble brews, however, when the villainous Don John plots to slander the innocent Hero. Claudio mistakes another woman engaged in licentious activities to be Hero and is stunned and enraged at Hero’s deceit. Thus, much of the play involves people trying to either assert Hero’s innocence or break off the marriage.

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