Beatrice and Benedick as a Couple in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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Beatrice and Benedick as a Couple in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

'Much Ado About Nothing' is a Shakespeare play set in Mecina. It is a comedy, about Don Pedro and his friends. The play focuses on the relationships of the characters, especially that of Beatrice/Benedick and Claudio/Hero. The two romances follow two different ideas, one an average romance in Shakespeare's day, the other a not so average romance. Beatrice and Benedick's history together is made clear from the start, when Beatrice tells the messenger bringing news of Benedick's return, that he 'is no less than a stuffed man', implying that he is very full of himself. This shows right from the start that any romance
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This all happens in the first scene, so their relationship is established from the beginning.

Hero and Claudio's relationship gets established near the beginning as well. However, this one is much more simple. Claudio comments on how the world cannot buy a jewel as great as Hero, and after Don Pedro woos her for him they are set to get married, without any serious problems.

The two main relationships the play focuses on are now set, and the two audiences have different views on them. For an audience today to see Hero and Claudio decide to get married so simply would be boring. However, a Shakespearian audience would see this relationship as ordinary, and not be bothered that it was so simple. Although Beatrice and Benedick are not yet shown as in love, a Shakespearian audience would not have thought it usual for a woman like Beatrice to be speaking as she was about Benedick. However, today it is perfectly normal for Beatrice to be talking like she is, so at the moment, the two relationships are more satisfying to the different audiences.

Beatrice and Benedick's relationship has another problem. They both like to use their wit and intelligence to try and outsmart people, and mainly themselves. Because of this they are constantly going to be trying to outsmart the other, and this