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Motif in Much Ado About Nothing

Motif Examples in Much Ado About Nothing:

Act III - Scene II


" Conclude, conclude, he is in love..."   (Act III - Scene II)

Recall that Beatrice prefers men without beards. Considering the theme of love as a loss of freedom, Benedick’s shaving of his beard here becomes a symbol of his domestication by love. When Claudio compares Benedick to a lute (a musical instrument used in serenades,) he draws on the motif of love and music and implies that Benedick is merely an instrument that has been played by love.

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