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William Shakespeare has written many different categories of plays comedies tragedies romances and histories Comparisons are abundant between many of Shakespeares works Numerous comparisons can be made in characters plot and speech between Romeo and Juliet which is a tragedy and Much Ado About Nothing which is a comedy First corresponding characters in both plays include villains lovers and friends in addition to characters who provide comic relief These works have a similar villain Tybalt of Romeo and Juliet is similar to Don John in Much Ado About Nothing in that both characters do not approve of the lovers relationships and wish to break them up Furthermore Romeo and Juliet are similar to Claudio and Hero who are the leading couples in each play The comic relief in each play is the watch in Much Ado About Nothing and the servants in Romeo and Juliet Also Mercutio and Benecensored are both scornful of love However Benecensored does finally fall in love with Beatrice Additionally each male young lover has his group of friends in each play However in Much Ado About Nothing Hero also has her group of acquaintances Juliet does not Also several similarities in plot exist between Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing In each of these plays a romance between young lovers includes a false death of the female character which the male character believes to be real In Romeo and Juliet there is a fatal ending in which both of the lovers kill themselves because they would rather die than go on living without each other However in Much Ado About Nothing the false death is discovered before there are any real deaths Both couples do end up together although one is in life and the other in death In addition similarities in speech occur in these works Of course the same Shakespearean language is in each work Both of these plays have apparent oxymorons about love In Romeo
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