Much Ado About Endings

Romeo and Juliet is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays for all of the wrong reasons. It revolves around two young individuals literally risking their lives for one another in a span of what seems less than a week. Along with their respected families dreading each other, more conflict is drawn in by family members, close friends, and even a priest. Shakespeare’s intention was to not create a love story out of tragedy but to ignite comedy in the form of it. In the works that are deem completed before his death, Shakespeare finds humor in the most exaggerating ways possible. If not for the theme of love included in Romeo and Juliet, those two could have gone on to have normal lives. You do not find hear about many happy endings in Shakespeare’s plays or writings, or alone find an ending of his play where no one has died at all.

I am not as familiar with Much Ado About Nothing, but after taking the time to digest the ending I could not find the word to how I feel other than happy. Once again find two individuals that have an undying love for another without the interruption of family bitterness. Shakespeare adds two more individuals who often are at each other’s necks that eventually fall in love as well courtesy of the main characters. The ending is not typical Shakespeare, yet it seems as he wanted to leave his critics with a less-hectic ending than his other works. In both Hamlet and Macbeth, the main protagonists kill off most of the characters involved, while you only have Don Jon trying to ruin everyone else’s good time. As far as I am concerned Don Jon’s presence in the whole thing was meaningless, and only there to create drama for the audience to take in. As far as finally getting the truth out, forcing Claudio into marrying Leonato’s “niece” was stretching it. Why fake her death if she was going to be unveiled for the ending? Dramatics, maybe?

William Shakespeare’s love for drama in his plays may be one of the reasons why his plays are glorified. If not for his knack to push his characters over the edge for the sake of love, there would be blood everywhere (if that is not already the case with both Hamlet and Macbeth). His way to fulfill his need for blood is not apparent in Much Ado About Nothing, as well as leaving the final scene with people cheering instead of mourning. Could there have been a critic in his time that questioned his writing skills? Could he have challenged himself to make something with less gore and more drama? Did Shakespeare simply want to make a quick buck because he had known the people would cherish love stories? There are too many possibilities to name; the lasting impression on Much Ado About Nothing might make the typical critic wonder if he had gotten lazy, or maybe that is Shakespeare wanted him to think.

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