Much Ado About Nothing

Amanda Frederick




The Central Theme of Love

The song "Ours" by Taylor Swift illustrates the theme of love in Much Ado About Nothing. The song is about a couple's relationship and how other people judge and disapprove of it even though it's not theirs. This is similar to the theme of love in the play as the plot highlights that love often comes with complication, such as a jealous villain in the play. The song says "seems like there's always someone who disapproves" which illustrates Don John's displeasure of Hero and Claudio's marriage plans. It then goes on to say "they'll judge it like they know about me and you" just as Don John judged the young couple's marriage, when he barely knew them. Taylor also sings later in the song "people throw rocks at things that shine". This goes along with the plot as the villain set out to ruin a perfectly good and valid marriage. Then she sings "life makes love look hard" which goes along with the them that love is complicated. In the chorus, the lyrics state "the stakes are high, the water's rough, but this love is ours." These lyrics illustrate the plot perfectly as Hero and Claudio's love was not easy, and almost ended very tragically, but in the end they still have their love together.
Ours -Taylor Swift lyrics