How Is The Relationship Between Beatrice And Benedick Presented In Shakespeare’s Play And One Or More Performed Versions?

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In this Shakespearean comedy ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ two similarly obstinate characters of Beatrice and Benedick are presented between the rather normal relationship of characters Hero and Claudio. Shakespeare presents Beatrice and Benedick’s obstinacy towards the rather obligatory act of marriage and also their particularly similar personalities that cause reason for their familiar act of squabbling; he does this whilst also presenting two characters that are completely interested in marriage and who are hardly intellectually capable of squabbling in a similar manner. As the play unfolds both characters remain combative with one another but as love becomes the better of them, they begin to reveal that somewhat secretive sensitivity amongst the complications of their hearts. In this essay we are going to explore the fundamental scenes that contribute to this, as well as overall changes in the characters and the techniques used to imply given ideas.
The opening of the play thoroughly explores the stubbornness of both Beatrice and Benedick and further presents the thoughts and wisdom of each of them in a way that seems almost unchangeable. As both characters first interact we see an explicit sign of a previous possible relationship. ‘You always end with a jade’s trick. I know you of old’ Beatrice implies that they know each other well enough from the past and that she thought he had changed. ‘A jade’s trick’ meaning a stubborn horse refusing to go on also illustrates Benedick’s character. Knowing each other previously provides a pragmatic basis for a serious future relationship as both are able to work from what they know about each other already rather than nothing at all. This introduction to the play is the first idea that persuades the audience to believe that there is no chance of a love relationship between them. Further, Shakespeare presents their opinions of marriage and love as a whole which again contributes to tricking the audience into a false principle. ‘Prove that ever I lose more blood with love than I will get again with drinking, pick out mine eyes with a ballad-maker’s pen and hang me up at the door of a brothel house for the sign of blind Cupid’ Benedick relentlessly states his mere disapproval and strong opinion of marriage and declares all the things he swears to do if he ever opposes his self-promise to never love nor marry. By using the intense phrases like ‘I lose more blood’ this could also convey that love is something he knows he may be hurt by. Similarly Beatrice states that no man is good enough for her and then also declares her intentions of remaining bachelor. However Beatrice’s confident chatter can be just a cover of her inner insecurities. She may talk as if she definitely will not marry when really she is afraid of this as her age is rapidly increasing; this is a feeling of desperation. Overall, the similarity between their views and feelings sparks a kind of sweet compatibility between them. This shines...

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