The Representation of Women in Much Ado About Nothing Essay

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The Representation of Women in Much Ado About Nothing

The female characters who are in the play are all present and involved
in Act2 Scene1, which makes it the perfect situation to describe
Shakespeare's portrayal of women in "Much Ado About Nothing". Hero can
be easily compared with Beatrice being of a similar class and very
close relatives. Then you have the characters of Margaret and Ursula,
the servants, who are also very comparable and show a portrayal of
women in lower classes.

This scene is cementing the idea that the play is a Shakespearean
comedy and we can see this because the Party is used to create
dramatic irony between Beatrice and Benedick in their amusing banter.
A modern
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These ideas are far apart from our own modern
thinking on the sexes and marriage, they are so far removed from our
times it can often be difficult to comprehend these objectionable and
downright sexist views.

Beatrice is one of the main characters and unlike most of the other
women in the play, a modern audience can relate to her. She is almost
like the feminist 'flappers' of the 1920s; they aimed to empower women
with the same leisure pursuits as men, and yet in the end many ended
up marrying and becoming the housewives they so detested. However in
Renaissance times it was different, there had never before been such a
forward minded and witty woman taking centre stage. The character of
Beatrice is fiery and rejects the models of women put upon her by
society, particularly 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"

This is the kind of view that women could not express in Elizabethan
times. To a modern audience she seems almost the heroine of the story
after saying this, yet to the contemporary audience she is merely not
honourable enough to be a wife.

In other plays, like "As You Like It"- in which the character of
Rosalind dresses up as a man,…