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