William Shakespeare 's Much Ado About Nothing

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Beatrice is a witty, talkative character in Much Ado about Nothing. She is cousin to Hero, and also a close friend, however, she and Hero are very much dissimilar, as Hero is a gentle and quiet young woman. She has a very sarcastic and joking nature. We can tell a lot from her first line. She says, ‘I pray you, is Signor Montanto returned from the wars or no?’ The pun used tells us that she has a wit and a joking manner. Also, we soon find out that she is talking about Benedick, therefore, giving us a hint that he is constantly on her mind, and foreshadowing the marriage at the end. She soon after says, ‘He set up his bills here in Messina and challenged Cupid at the flight, and my uncle’s Fool, reading the challenge, subscribed for Cupid and challenged him at the bird-bolt. I pray you, how many hath he killed and eaten in these wars? But how many hath he killed? For indeed I promised to eat all of his killing.’ In the previous lines, the conversation was on Benedick’s bravery, however, she is implying that he is not brave. This, again, adding to the first line, implies that she dislikes, or disagrees with Benedick. Although she seems quite hard and sharp, she also has a soft side. After hearing Hero talk about Benedick being in love with Beatrice, she then opens up about her feelings, much contrast to her previous self. Beatrice’s soliloquy (identify 1 dramatic device) in act 3 scene 1 (where it is in the play) occurs immediately after she hears that Benedick is in
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