Much Ado About Nothing
How we cite our quotes:
I do much wonder that one man, seeing how much
another man is a fool when he dedicates his behaviours to love,
will, after he hath laugh'd at such shallow follies in others,
become the argument of his own scorn by falling in love; and such a man is Claudio. (2.3.6)
It’s poetic justice that Benedick means to deride Claudio with this speech, but knowing what we know about Benedick a few acts from now, Benedick could very well be describing himself.
O god of love! I know he doth deserve
As much as may be yielded to a man:
But Nature never framed a woman's heart
Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice;
Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes,
Misprising what they look on, and her wit
Values itself so highly that to her
All matter else seems weak: she cannot love,
Nor take no shape nor project of affection,
She is so self-endeared. (3.1.47)
This is an interesting insight into Hero’s thinking. We learn more about Hero’s notions of love from her conversation about Beatrice and Benedick than from her own thoughts about her marriage to Claudio. Hero seems to realize that in order to love another, one must sacrifice some self-love. She’s rationalized that love is not about self-indulgence, but self-sacrifice, which explains some of her willingness to love Claudio even after he’s wronged her.
If it prove so, then loving goes by haps;
Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps. (3.1.104)
Sometimes you can be on the attack to get someone to love you. Other times you have to lure them into the sticky trap of your love with tasty treats. Let this be a lesson to us all.