In William Shakespeare’s play, Much Ado About Nothing, there are many themes present and one of those is the theme of love. Philia, Eros, and Agape are the three types of love present in the play and are what represent the theme of love. These three types of love, Philia, Eros, and Agape are expressed by the different characters in the play. The expression of the theme of love in the play is not Just there by accident; William Shakespeare put it in this comedic and romantic play with a purpose. Philia is one of the three kinds of love expressed in the play.
The type of love that Philia represents is a love in between friends and family, a love that is not sexual or romantic. In the play this kind of love is shown in between a few characters in the play, Benedick and Claudio, Don Pedro and Claudio, and Hero and Beatrice. (Act 2, scene 3, linesl 7-21 , pg. 229) Benedick- (referring to Claudio) He was wont to speak plain and to the purpose, like an honest man and a soldier- his words are a very fantastical banquet, Just so many strange dishes. Benedick is talking
Claudio- No, I pray thee, speak in sober Judgment. Benedick- Why, i’ faith, methinks she’s too low for a high praise, and too little for a great praise. Only this commendation I can afford her, that were she other than she is, she were unhandsome, and being no other but as she is, I do not like her. Claudio- In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever I looked on. Benedick- But I hope you have no intent to turn husband, have you? Claudio- I would scarce trust myself, though I had sworn the contrary, if Hero would be my wife.
In this conversation with Benedick, Claudio expresses the way he feels towards hero after laying eyes upon her for the first time and would like nothing more than to be married to such a woman. He knows what he feels when he sees her but he asks for Benedicks opinion of her to see if his good friend approves of her but Benedick doesn’t sound too fond of Hero and Claudio’s feelings towards her. (Act 2, scene 1, lines 282-297, pg. 227) Don Pedro- l’ faith, lady, I think your blazon to be true, though