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One of the most important aspects in Much Ado About Nothing is the story of love It is often the basis for what transpires throughout the play and can most easily be seen through the relationships between Hero and Claudio and Benedick and Beatrice During the play the reader learns a lot about these couples as well as how they possess some of the same relationship traits whilst still seeing the obvious disparities between them Benedick and Beatrice represent a lovehate relationship They share many things in common and both are cynical of love and marriage They are witty intellectual and not at all shy which leads to many wars of words between them In the beginning of the novel the hate between this eventual couple is evident Beatrice says to Benedict I wonder that you will still be talking Signor Benedict Nobody marks you Benedict comes back with What my dear Lady Disdain Are you yet living Although Beatrice and Benedict may have no idea the fact that they love each other must be evident to the rest of the characters Otherwise their friends and family would not have tricked them into admitting their love Claudio and Hero represent a more romantic relationship Claudio finds himself in love with Hero upon coming back from battle and he is not ashamed to admit his love for her I would scarce trust myself though I had sworn the contrary if Hero would be my wife This leads to Don Pedro assisting in Claudios proposal and gaining Leonatos acceptance Claudio and Heros love is mostly based on looks since they did not know one another very well before Hero accepts Don Pedros proposal to marry Claudio The fact that they dont know each other means that there is little trust between them and this is exploited when Hero is accused of being unfaithful Claudio is also extremely gullible and jealous and that is why he
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