Identify and discuss the elements of melodrama in Shakespeare’s treatment of the Hero-Claudio plot. Explain how it contributes to the comic perspective of the play.

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Hero and Claudio seem to have a simple love, especially in comparison to the complicated romance between Beatrice and Benedick. The two are archetypal lovers, young, bashful, and innocent. Claudio is struck with silence at the approval of their marriage, and Hero demurely whispers affectionate words into his ear.

Their characterization takes a backseat to the dramatic events that beset them, a key...

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