Intensional or Accidental? Similarities of Romeo and Juliet to Much Ado About Nothing

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Intensional or Accidentall? Similarities between Romeo And Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing!

There are many similarities between Shakespeare's Much Ado About

Nothing and Romeo and Juliet. Was this Intentional or Accidental? Even though

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy, and Romeo and Juliet, is one of his

saddest tragedies, the two plots share many common incidents. Did Shakespeare

mean to have these coincidences or did they happen by accident? In both of his

dramatic works, the Masque is a key element furthering the infatuation of the

lovers. Also the balcony scenes in both plays are crucial because without them

the plot could never have reached its denouement. It seems that God came into

both of the plays in the spirit of the friars, because they had good plans to keep

love together.

In both plays, the masque functions as a dramatic device which initiates

the love plot. It occurs in a social gathering, but not without the help of costumes.

If it were not for costumes the result of love might have been drastically different.

How was the masque used to get lovers together? In the case of Romeo and

Juliet, Romeo hears about the masque and decides to go, thinking that he might

be able to get away with this scheme. Upon entering he sees Juliet and right

away, he knows it is love. If he had not worn the costume, the hosts might have

ejected him from the party and he might not have met Juliet. Much Ado About

Nothing has a similar but also different approach towards love at the masque. In

Much Ado, Count Claudio is not able to gather the courage to court Hero. Instead

Don Pedro, who is one of Claudio's very close friends, offers to go and woo Hero

for his...