The Portrayal of Benedick and Beatrice in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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The Portrayal of Benedick and Beatrice in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing


At the beginning of William Shakespeare's play "Much Ado About
Nothing" he portrays Beatrice and Benedick as two argumentative young
people. However he also portrays them as being attracted to each
other, this becomes clear because the first thing Beatrice says in the
play is " I pray you, is Signor Mountanto return'd from the wars or
no?" She is talking about Benedick asking the messenger in a joking
kind of way did Benedick come back from the war or did he die? This
shows that Beatrice is clearly interested in Benedick because he is
the only thing she talks about through out the whole of act one. Also
the
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Both of these characters are very quick witted we
can see this by all of the arguments and how quickly each answers back
with a smart comment after one has said some thing, "Disdain". This
proves the point Leonanto made about their relationship being a "Merry
War", it shows they are hiding their true feelings behind their barbed
comments.

At the masked ball we see the beginning of Claudio and Hero's
relationship. this relation ship is very much that of a stereo type
typical romance relationship this becomes a contrast to Beatrice and
Benedick relationship. Beatrice and Benedick's relationship is very
much a normal relationship, where as Claudio is marrying Hero because
she is a trophy wife, Beatrice and Benedick are nothing like that. At
the masked ball Benedick tries to talk to Beatrice as some on totally
different because he is wearing a mask and he wants to know what she
really thinks of him, the only thing is Beatrice knows it is him and
mocks him. "Why he is the prince's jester, a very dull fool." This
part of the play shows that Benedick wants Beatrice's praise because
he is asking questions such as "did he never make u laugh" and
Beatrice is answering in her usually tone of humiliating him and
making him feel small. In this part of the play they do not know that
Don Pedro is planning to set them up so…