Hero and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
The two characters, Hero and Beatrice, go hand in hand, although each
has many differences. The reason the characters are so different, at
times, is Shakespeare's way of emphasising each character. Hero would
not seem as quiet if Beatrice wasn't so loud, and Beatrice wouldn't
seem so overly confident if Hero didn't act so shy. The two, during
the play fall in love with two very different people. They both have
different views and ideals, especially concerning love and marriage.
They are both very close friends, they share everything together. In
the end they each fall in love, becoming more similar as the play and
their relationships progress.
From Act 1 Scene 1 we are bombarded by Beatrice's wit and her very
loud and abrasive actions. She argues with Benedick, this takes up
most of the act, the two get very carried away, and this shows us her
passionate nature. On the other hand we have Hero who, although being
present in Act 1 Scene 1, says only one thing. This is a perfect
example of her nature; her timid nature
Hero is just a little, spoilt, girl. She has everything done for her
and this is a major reason why she is so quiet, people do anything for
her because she is an ideal girl; this is what so attracts Claudio I
imagine. Beatrice on the other hand is a very mature young woman,
although not quite a woman. In many respects she is much older and
more mature than Hero will ever be, and Beatrice is shunned because of
this difference; this difference being what Benedick ultimately falls
in love with.
A major difference I noticed was between the two actual love
relationships of Hero and Beatrice. Hero and Claudio are a very
romantic and passionate couple, love in the usual sense, as far as
plays are concerned. Whereas Benedick and Beatrice's relationship is
much like two fires that burn less bright as they come together, as
opposed to burn more brightly. This is accentuated in the line "Taming
my wild heart to your loving hand", it is as if being in love with
Benedick is calming Beatrice down, taming her wild and loud side. With
Hero we are seeing the opposite to this, up until act 4.
The character of Beatrice is comparable, loosely, to that of a
feminist. She is fiery and does not believe in all the models of women
put upon her by society, especially the idea of marriage.
"LEONATO: (to Beatrice) well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted
with a husband
BEATRICE: Not till God make men of some other metal than earthâ€¦ Adam's
sons are my brethren, and, truly, I hold it a sin to match a kindred"
Beatrice believed she should not marry. Men are not what she wants;
she prefers them as friends. This is the kind of view that women
should or could not express in Elizabethan times, when a woman's role