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