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O Benedick, Benedick, Wherefore Art Thou Benedick

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare tells the well known story of love, family feuds, and romantic death. Much Ado About Nothing, a play also by Shakespeare, deals with love and fighting off love. Shakespeare utilizes Romeo, the romantic lead in Romeo and Juliet, and Benedick, the witty, lovesick lead in Much Ado About Nothing, to express the ideal male in a relationship. According to the views of the author, the perfect male soulmate possesses a loving heart ,and a weird attitude toward their beloved. However, wisdom does not matter in the relationship between Romeo and Juliet, but it does in the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice.
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Benedick and Romeo have awkward attitudes toward their lovers. Romeo refers to the lips of Juliet as “saint lips” (Romeo and Juliet I. iv. 100). This quote uses a metaphor and synecdoche. He compares the lips of Juliet to those a saint. A saint is a holy, sinless person. This means her lips are holy and sinless. Lips are part of a person. Thus, her lips represent Juliet as a whole. Comparing an attractive person to a saint is strange, because it means that they would not want to be their lover, but still wanting to have romantic and sexual relations with that person. This attitude is bizarre. Benedick has a similar attitude toward women. ‘’I noted her [Hero] not, but I looked on her’’ (Much Ado I. i. 129). This quote uses negative diction. Both “noted” and “looked” denote “to acknowledge”, but Shakespeare assigns them different connotations. “Noted” means to be attracted to a person, and since he says “...noted her not”, Benedick never felt attraction to Hero. “Looked” connotes to notice; thus, Benedick notices Hero, but never expresses attraction toward her. Hero is desired by many in the play, and since Benedick notices an attractive woman but never feels attraction to her, his attitude toward the opposite sex is awkward. This means bizarre attitudes toward women is desirable trait in men.
Though Benedick and Romeo seem alike, their major difference lies in their wisdom. Romeo meets Juliet and says, “‘Did my heart love till now?’” (Romeo and Juliet I. v. 50). Before the meeting, Romeo loved...

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