Essay about The Transformation of Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing

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The Transformation of Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing In "Much Ado About Nothing" Shakespeare manages to transform Benedict from a bachelor to being in love with Beatrice. Shakespeare does extremely well to make this change of character seem believable as it such a big one. Shakespeare does this by using key scenes to gradually reveal the true relationship between the two. This transformation is especially interesting as at the beginning of the play he argues with Beatrice and declares he will always be a bachelor.

In Act I Scene I when the visitors arrive in Messina, Benedict appears to be an arrogant, patronising womaniser. In this scene Benedict has a merry war with
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As Beatrice pretends to talk about him behind his back, we see another side to Benedict?s character. He seems to be hurt by Beatrice?s comments that ?he is a princes jester? as unusually for Benedict he doesn?t say very much and uses shorter replies to her remarks than usual. This episode is the first part of Benedict?s transformation and we see he is not quite how he describes himself in the opening scene as he does care what Beatrice thinks and when he says ?I would not marry her, though she were endowed with all that Adam had left him before he transgressed? it shows that he has actually thought about marrying Beatrice.

In Act II Scene III Benedict has a very long soliloquy at the beginning. This is possibly the most important of all the scenes in this transformation as we see Benedict change his mind when he learns of how he thinks Beatrice feels. In his soliloquy he says ?I do much wonder that one man? become the argument of his own scorn by falling in love?. This line shows that Benedict is still very much a bachelor. Another example in this soliloquy is when he says ?May I be so converted?I cannot tell; I

think not? All though he thinks he will not change from his bachelor ways, he does not seem as assured as he did at the beginning of the play and his view lacks conviction.

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