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The Portrayal Of Benedick And Beatrice In William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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The Portrayal of Benedick and Beatrice in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

At the beginning of William Shakespeare's play "Much Ado About
Nothing" he portrays Beatrice and Benedick as two argumentative young
people. However he also portrays them as being attracted to each
other, this becomes clear because the first thing Beatrice says in the
play is " I pray you, is Signor Mountanto return'd from the wars or
no?" She is talking about Benedick asking the messenger in a joking
kind of way did Benedick come back from the war or did he die? This
shows that Beatrice is clearly interested in Benedick because he is
the only thing she talks about through out the whole of act one. Also
the first thing Benedick says is also about Beatrice "were you in
doubt sir that you ask'd her?" Also the first time in the play that
Beatrice and Benedick lay eyes on each other they have an argument.
When these two are having their argument they are arguing about the
silliest things. "Benedick: you are a rare parrot teacher Beatrice: a
bird of my tongue is better than a beast of yours." In a way they are
always in tune with each other, arguing about the same things but
exchanging words in their argument. The audience get the impression
that they are masking their feelings. For example if you liked someone
you would exchange a complement, instead of doing that these two
exchange insults which is their only way of communicating in a
civilised manner. Even from the start of the play we know they are
destined to be together.

These two characters have had a relationship in the past: "I know you
of old" and now they use their wits to try and hurt their partner in a
"Merry War". The opening conversation is like a fight with words, they
use each other's words as swords by fighting each other to see who
will win the battle. Both of these characters are very quick witted we
can see this by all of the arguments and how quickly each answers back
with a smart comment after one has said some thing, "Disdain". This
proves the point Leonanto made about their relationship being a "Merry
War", it shows they are hiding their true feelings behind their barbed

At the masked ball we see the beginning of Claudio and Hero's
relationship. this relation ship is very much that of a stereo type
typical romance relationship this becomes a contrast to Beatrice and
Benedick relationship. Beatrice and Benedick's relationship is very
much a normal relationship, where as Claudio is marrying Hero because
she is a trophy wife, Beatrice and Benedick are nothing like that. At
the masked...

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