This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Presentation Of The Relationship Between Beatrice And Benedick In Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

2971 words - 12 pages

The Presentation of the Relationship Between Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing

Beatrice is the niece of Leonato, a wealthy governor of Messina. She
is feisty, cynical, sharp and witty. Benedick has recently returned
from fighting in the wars. He is also witty, and like Beatrice is
always making jokes and puns. They both continue a ‘merry war’ against
each other, in which Beatrice often wins the battles. ‘They never met
but there’s a skirmish of wit between them’, as Leonato says. They
both appear content never to marry and swear never to fall in love.
Beatrice then describes their last fight, when ‘four of his five wits
went halting off’, and she continues teasingly to mock Benedick. The
similarities in Beatrice’s and Benedick’s personalities and opinions
are sure to bring them together from the beginning. They both rebel
against the social ‘rules’ followed by most of the other characters
when it comes to their opinions about love and marriage. Ironically,
the effort they put into fighting creates the opportunity for them to
become closer.

One theme in the play is the taming of wild animals, which is the
imagery that appears throughout the play. In the scene where Claudio
and Don Pedro tease Benedick about his hatred of marriage, he is
compared to a wild animal. Don Pedro states, ‘in time the savage bull
doth bear the yoke’. This could mean Benedick will be tamed and, in
time, will fall in love. Benedick mocks this statement and claims he
will never give himself to any woman.

In the plot involving Beatrice and Benedick, the symbol of a tamed
animal symbolizes the social calming that must happen for both
characters to be ready to fall in love and marry. Beatrice’s promise
to submit to Benedick’s love by, ‘taming my wild heart to thy loving
hand’, gives the audience imagery of a wild hawk being tamed and
suggests that Benedick is to become Beatrice’s master. This could also
be suggested in the way Benedick uses ‘thou’ to address Beatrice and
Beatrice uses ‘You’ to address Benedick. Shakespeare may have used
this technique to show Beatrice has less status than Benedick. It
could also mean that she is being more reserved and cautious towards
Benedick.

The love story between Beatrice and Benedick begins from the love
between Claudio and Hero. Their relationship also depends upon and
compliments Claudio and Hero’s relationship. These relationships are
contrasted with each other. This appears significant because they link
together to create an image of understanding and harmony. Beatrice and
Benedick previously know each other and continue a ‘merry war’ that
started when they first met. When they eventually fall in love it
shows their maturity that they can show their feelings. In contrast to
the young lovers Claudio and Hero, they are older and more...

Find Another Essay On The Presentation of the Relationship Between Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing

First Exchange between Beatrice and Benedick being Greeted with Delight in the Theatre in Much Ado about Nothing

1107 words - 4 pages The first exchange between Beatrice and Benedick is always greeted with delight in the theatre? Explain why this is so. Act one scene one of Much Ado About Nothing is always greeted with delight in the theatre for many reasons. It begins when Don Pedro and company enter a "golden world" in Messina where the women are already located. In this situation, people fail to take things seriously, causing the war of swords to soon turn into a war of

The Character of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing

2480 words - 10 pages The Character of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing Many would believe this to be a understated summary of the way Shakespeare presents her character in Much Ado About Nothing because Beatrice is not just a humorous character but a strong role model for both ShakespeareÂ’s time and for a modern audience defying social expectations and being equal to her male counter parts, she is the heroin of the play and even though

Differences between Beatrice and Hero in Much Ado about Nothing

1199 words - 5 pages Differences between Beatrice and Hero in the early scenes of Shakespeare’s play ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ Shakespeare’s play ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ has two main female characters, Beatrice and Hero, who are cousins. Both appear to be completely different in the beginning of the play but, as things progress and their characters develop, there are also some very obvious similarities between them. Hero and Beatrice have a very close

Shakespeare's Presentation of Hero and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing

2313 words - 9 pages get married during "much ado about nothing" and the men they marry often have interesting parallels or differences with the women. Beatrice and Benedick are an interesting couple because they start out being in the midst of a "merry war", a war of wit and jest. Although it may seem like they do not like each other there is a certain admiration shown between the two of them. Beatrice and Benedick are very similar characters

Gender Sterotypes defined by Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

673 words - 3 pages William Shakespeare’s writing reflected and at times emphasized the gender oriented stereotypical roles and responsibilities of the English Renaissance. However, many Shakespearean characters including Benedick and Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing challenged the standard image and characteristics of men and women. During the Renaissance period, males were seen as the leaders of society who were supposed to be the decision makers and

The Characters of Claudio and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing

2448 words - 10 pages Much Ado About Nothing - The Characters of Claudio and Benedick       Shakespeare's comedy, `Much Ado About Nothing' is a play revolved around the love and friendships of two young couples, integrated with each other through both friendship and love. Love and marriage are the two most prominent ideas in Shakespeare's comedies. The two couples are Benedick and Beatrice, an unpredicted match as they appear to be quite the opposite and

The Deception of Benedick in Act 2 Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

2152 words - 9 pages The Deception of Benedick in Act 2 Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Deception plays a fundamental role in Much Ado About Nothing because it is one of the elements of laughter in it. It normally originates from Don Jon the bastard brother of Don Pedro, who wants to be the Prince causing havoc to Don Pedro and his friends. However this deception doesn't originate from Don Jon's malevolence, but from Don

Comparing Katharina, of The Taming of the Shrew and Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing

1340 words - 5 pages have as strong as a character as Beatrice, especially when one considers that Petruchio was able to tame her in a very short time. In the opening scene of Much Ado About Nothing,  Beatrice says some harsh things about Benedick (1.I.37-43).  She seems to be unprovoked but very rigid in her opinion of him.  In Leonato's house, the discussion of Beatrice and marriage leads her uncle to conclude that, "Thou will never get thee a husband if thou

Benedick and Beatrice's Love in Much Ado About Nothing

1340 words - 5 pages Entry 1: Act I: Don Pedro and his men return from the war and visit the house of Leonato and his brother, Antonio. This sudden meeting reunites Beatrice with her archrival, Benedick, and it is here that Claudio and Hero fall in love. React: In Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing, there are the usual characters that show up in most of Shakespeare’s pieces. For instance the characters Hero and Claudio could easily be compared to Romeo and

Beatrice and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing

1637 words - 7 pages Hero’s father sides with him. In the play the audience is also told in so many words that there has once been some kind of relationship between Beatrice and Benedick. This is also a motive for the two to fight like cat and dog, and to make those bad jokes about each other, that the audience has come to know and love. It would not be possible to describe the character of Beatrice in three or four words, however

How is the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice presented in Shakespeare’s play and one or more performed versions?

1678 words - 7 pages Much Ado About Nothing presents a picturesque love story between two characters that meet us as individuals full of hate, and leave us as an inseparable pair. These two characters are Benedick and Beatrice and act to us as sweethearts who have fallen deeply and passionately IN love in a way that we would all fantasize over- slowly, and then all at once. Their relationship in Shakespeare’s play has been presented through their matching

Similar Essays

Shakespeare's Presentation Of The Gulling Of Beatrice And Benedick In "Much Ado About Nothing"

1212 words - 5 pages Dramatically, the two scenes in which the friends of Beatrice and Benedick deceive them into believing that the love of the other is whole-heartedly directed towards them, is very appealing, and on of the reasons for this is the dramatic effects.Shakespeare delves into the deeper and more continuous themes of the play in this scene, both through the language and the visual actions, and one of the themes explored is the emerging of true emotions

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

1095 words - 4 pages 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

Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice And Benedick

618 words - 2 pages In the comedy Much Ado about Nothing, Shakespeare illustrates Beatrice and Benedick's change of character lead them to love. To pick which couple's relationship was the most successful would be quite simple. I felt that both were doomed at the beginning. Whether its because the relationship is based on appearance and impressions rather than a true love and friendship or based upon extreme openness and stubborn mindedness which you see neither is

Much Ado About Nothing Benedick And Beatrice

512 words - 2 pages H/W 27/09/14How are Beatrice and Benedick presented to the audience in 'Much Ado About Nothing'Benedick and Beatrice have close connections in the play, Benedick is portrayed to be a staunch bachelor, whereas Beatrice a combative character, also ironically, due to this being set in the Renaissance era, outspoken. Benedick is seen as very misogynistic.Benedick is portrayed as a misogynistic character to the audience; this is presented on multiple