How Does Shakespeare portray Women in Much Ado About Nothing?

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How Does Shakespeare portray Women in Much Ado About Nothing?

I believe eavesdropping plays a very important role in Much Ado.
Therefore, I have chosen to answer this essay question, as I feel
strongly about it. In the play, Shakespeare makes use of eavesdropping
by using it as a comic device, but also to sort out situations so that
the play is able to go on. I will be focussing upon two events in
particular to show this. Each event will present a different form of
eavesdropping being used. The first will be the gulling of Benedick
and Beatrice (Act 2 Sc 3 & Act 3 Sc 1). The second, when the Watch
overhears Borachio and Conrade discussing the plot against Hero (Act 3
Sc 3). Although both events create comedy, the scene with the
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Luckily and coincidentally the Watch saves them
from being separated through eavesdropping. The main plot and
sub-plots are drawn together with this device, and to emphasise the
importance of “nothing” from the title, the audience is unable to view
the key episode, where Claudio and Don Pedro witness what they think
is Hero’s unfaithfulness. Instead, we immediately observe the Watch
eavesdropping on Borachio. This is how eavesdropping determines the
narrative line of the play, because without it the play wouldn’t move
on effectively. It is highly ironic that the word “nothing” in the
play’s title is a play on the word “noting” which in Elizabethan slang
refers to “eavesdropping”. This reflects the importance of
eavesdropping, as it is partly in the title of the play, and therefore
must play a big part.

Benedick is the first to be tricked by the other characters (Act 2 Sc
3). He hides from Don Pedro, Leonato and Claudio, these characters
know that Benedick is hiding and so they start to lay the plot. They
feel that Benedick and Beatrice would be right for eachother. The
reason behind the trick is to bring Beatrice and Benedick together. At
first, Benedick considers whether what he is hearing is true, “Is’t
possible?.. I should think this a gull..”. Benedick is gullible and
believes what he is hearing is true because “the white bearded fellow
speaks it”. This…