Hero and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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Hero and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

The two characters, Hero and Beatrice, go hand in hand, although each has many differences. The reason the characters are so different, at times, is Shakespeare's way of emphasising each character. Hero would not seem as quiet if Beatrice wasn't so loud, and Beatrice wouldn't seem so overly confident if Hero didn't act so shy. The two, during the play fall in love with two very different people. They both have different views and ideals, especially concerning love and marriage. They are both very close friends, they share everything together. In the end they each fall in love, becoming more similar as the play and their
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Whereas Benedick and Beatrice's relationship is much like two fires that burn less bright as they come together, as opposed to burn more brightly. This is accentuated in the line "Taming my wild heart to your loving hand", it is as if being in love with Benedick is calming Beatrice down, taming her wild and loud side. With Hero we are seeing the opposite to this, up until act 4.

The character of Beatrice is comparable, loosely, to that of a feminist. She is fiery and does not believe in all the models of women put upon her by society, especially the idea of marriage.

"LEONATO: (to Beatrice) well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband BEATRICE: Not till God make men of some other metal than earth… Adam's sons are my brethren, and, truly, I hold it a sin to match a kindred"

Beatrice believed she should not marry. Men are not what she wants; she prefers them as friends. This is the kind of view that women should or could not express in Elizabethan times, when a woman's role was almost solely to be a wife.

Claudio describes Hero as a jewel, and in appearance she is fair, young, short, and dark-haired. Benedick describes her as fair in all aspects, and in Elizabethan times this would not have been a bad thing. Fairness, especially in skin, was something women were supposed to be striving for. The fact,