Romeo and Juliet

In Elizabethan society, a man thought to be too much in love, lost his manliness, what lines from Romeo echo this belief? Was this belief seen in Much Ado About Nothing?


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If any character emasulates himself, it's Romeo. He is pretty obsessed with the idea of love that he has floating around his addolescent brain,

Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes;
Being vexed a sea nourish'd with loving tears:
What is it else? a madness most discreet,
A choking gall, and a preserving sweet. Act 1

It takes the death of his best friend to make Romeo snap out of his morose love problems.

Much Ado about Nothing is a very different type of play. Where Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, Much Ado about Nothing is a comedy. The men have more leeway to muse about love. Their love, however, has a darker back to it. Hero infatuated Claudio but that infatuation quickly turned to scorn over nothing more than a well-placed rumor. Unlike Romeo, Claudio was not given the time to be a hopeless romantic.