Comparing Act 2 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 1 of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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Comparing Act 2 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 1 of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

In Act 2 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 1 Beatrice and Benedick are both
separately being tricked into falling in love with each other by their
friends. To compare the two scenes we must first consider the symmetry
between them; the initial thing we notice as an audience is that all
of the characters in Act 2 Scene 3 are male, and that all of the
characters in Act 3 Scene 1 are female; this gives the effect of the
two sexes battling. Both scenes are riddled with deceit and trickery,
and the lengths too are also similar. As we know both parties have the
same purpose and after reading the play we know that there is a
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The scenes are both of similar length, and seem almost symmetrical.
There are a similar number of characters, and the outcome is the same
in each case. Both Benedick and Beatrice launch into monologues giving
reason why they both should love the other one. All characters leave
the stage in each case before the monologues occur. In Benedick's
monologue he begins by saying "this can be no trick" he does not
believe that Leonato would lie, as he has such huge respect for him
since the war and therefore he is totally open to manipulation when
Leonato is present. By the fourth line Benedick has already decided he
must requite Beatrice's love and says "I will bear myself proudly".
Beatrice's monologue is slightly shorter but has almost exactly the
same content, she even says the same words as Benedick does "I will
requite thee" the lines are emphatic, which makes the audience
understand better what she is trying to say. The two characters change
dramatically in personality after these two scenes, Benedick is mocked
by Don Pedro and Claudio and Beatrice also by Hero and Ursula for
being so quiet.

Both scenes are full of humor and are great to watch in the theatre as
Shakespeare wrote them to be acted out. Beatrice and Benedick are the
mockers in the play, but the irony is that the mockers and…