William Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing, brimming with metaphors and figurative clowning walks the line of comedy and tragedy. As Shakespeare flexes his exemplary wit which brands his work as so signature and formulaic; he brings probably the most memorable characters in the play; Beatrice and Benedick as well as their own volatile and flippant relationship to life.
Once he comes around to loving Beatrice, his clever, sharp nature dulls a little bit (as in the toothache scene). Beatrice is afraid to be vulnerable, but Benedick approaches lovesickness in a much more conventional way. But as he tries to write Beatrice poetry, he realizes he’s just not a conventional lover.