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.

When Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonarto pretend they do…