Benedick in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Essay

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Benedick in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

In the first extract, Benedick and Claudio are alone so the focus of
the audience is on them. Shakespeare makes all the characters leave
the scene except for Benedick and Claudio, which shows that whilst
Beatrice and the others are more sociable and keep with the group,
Benedick and Claudio want some time to themselves. This shows that
Benedick does not like large crowds of people and is automatically
portrayed as an introverted character. It is also an ideal time for
Claudio to talk to Benedick about Hero because he thinks about her so
much that the entry of their conversation is about her.

“Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of Signor
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“Is’t come
to this? In faith hath not the world one man but he will wear his cap
with suspicion? Shall I never see a bachelor of threescore again?” His
language suggests that he could be angry, but inside he feels upset
that his friend wants to get married and that he feels left out.

In the second extract, Benedick’s monologue suggests that he will
never find the right woman because, “Till all graces be in one woman,
one woman shall not come in my grace.” According to Benedick, his
ideal wife has to be perfect, but no one is perfect so he will never
find a wife. Benedick believes that women are untrustworthy and he
mentions in the previous extract, “I will do myself the right to trust
none. And the fine is, for the which I may go the finer, I will live a
bachelor.” He is still very sarcastic and somewhat childish as he
calls Claudio, ‘Monsieur Love!’, but he may be jealous of him inside.

Don Pedro, Leonato and Claudio all take part in the gulling of
Benedick. Benedick’s monologue afterwards has a definite change in
tone and attitude. “They say the lady is fair; ‘tis a truth, I can
bear them witness; and virtuous; so, I cannot reprove it’ and…