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How can i compare relationships in Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About nothing.?For...

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louissmith203 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 11, 2013 at 5:38 PM via web

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How can i compare relationships in Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About nothing.?

For example, when Claudio and Hero meet, compared to Romeo and Juliet and how this affects the end result of the play. Also i need to relate this to context including a "perceptive and imaginative exploration on the significance of context" 

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gojsawyer | Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted January 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM (Answer #1)

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Begin with examining the context in which the relationships occur in both plays. Next, ask the question, what is the difference between true love and obsession? Romeo and Juliet is tragic, while Much Ado About Nothing is comedic. For example, in “Romeo and Juliet,” the theme of “star crossed” or “ill fated” lovers permeates the narrative from beginning to end. The events that occur to keep them apart and ultimately influence the tragic end are driven by fate as a grim reaper. In contrast, fate plays a role in “Much Ado About Nothing,” but comedic mishaps and turns of wit drive the relationships between the characters. They play along with whims and fancy toward a happy resolution of the conflicts. Decide for yourself if Romeo and Juliet truly loved each other or if they became obsessed with each other, in part, to spite their parents. Likewise, decide what kind of love drives the characters in “Much Ado About Nothing.”

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