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Compare closely Act 2/Scene 3 and Act 3/Scene 1. Look at the techniques used to manipulate Beatrice and Benedick and explain what they reveal: of attitudes to love and marriage in the play.

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Shakespeare Coursework: ('Much Ado About Nothing') Compare closely Act 2/Scene 3 and Act 3/Scene 1. Look at the techniques used to manipulate Beatrice and Benedick and explain what they reveal: of attitudes to love and marriage in the play. 'Much Ado About Nothing' is a play written in the 1600's. It is a romantic comedy written by William Shakespeare, a great playwright of his time. The play has been set in Messina which is a fictional city in Italy. Shakespeare decided that Italy is a suitable setting for this play because the atmosphere is exceptionally romantic, and Italian men are said to be extraordinarily attractive. This comical play had been written to entertain the people of the Elizabethan period. Shakespeare earned his money by writing plays and having them performed by men in the 'Globe Theatre'. Throughout the Elizabethan period women were not permitted to act in theatres, men had to perform women's role. They were to dress and act like women. Women had a stereotype to stay home and be the ideal housewife and take care of their children. 'Much Ado About Nothing' is about 'love' and 'conflict'. There are two key characters of this play, Beatrice and Benedick. There is conflict between these two characters; they are in a 'Merry War' with each other. Two other important characters are Hero and Claudio who are in love. ...read more.


Their happiness is shown by their language. Claudio is in love so he has started using this language, he is happy to have found Hero, so his language has turned more sweet and gentle; this shows that he is grateful to the world to have procured Hero. Shakespeare also used 'music' to display love. "I have known when there was no music with him but the drum and the fife; and now had he rather hear the tabour and the pipe". In this part of Benedick's soliloquy he is expressing his views on Claudio's sense of change in music. 'Drum and the Fife' is Elizabethan music which represents love in conflict. Claudio used to listen to such music until he met Hero. Now he is more interested in 'Tabour and the Pipe', which is romantic Elizabethan music. The use of music is to show the audience that Claudio is weak; as soon as he saw Hero he fell in love with her. It symbolises how powerful love can be to change a man; it shows that a woman can control a man with her beauty and integrity. Beatrice's gulling scene, Act 3/Scene 1 follows exactly the same form as Act 2/Scene 1. It begins with a dramatic change showing different ways of Beatrice's manipulation. Hero and Margaret are very harsh as they speak of feeling pity for Benedick for falling in love with Beatrice. ...read more.


Beatrice is so excited to know that Benedick loves her; she starts to talk about wedding rings and the circle that never ends. Beatrice now has ultimate knowledge; she is like other women, the Elizabethan stereotype, no longer inferior. In conclusion, both Beatrice and Benedick are victims of a scheme whereby they are fooled into thinking that they are in love with one another from the 'appearance' of it, as witnessed in Leonato's orchard. This fits into the 'appearance reality' theme of the play, in which the characters continually misjudging each other as a result of stereotypes. This is even emphasized in the title of the play, as in Elizabethan times the word 'nothing' was pronounced 'noting'. Hence the characters display stereotypical Elizabethan attitudes to love and marriage with the men presenting it in a negative light as enslavement and sickness, whereas, the women adopt a more characteristically romantic and positive outlook on love and marriage. Finally, the play was basically a fuss over nothing, since everyone was able to have what they wanted. This kind of ending is known as a 'denouement' which is the final revelation, the part in which everything is made clear and no questions or surprises remain. Both Beatrice and Benedick are enraptured in each others love. They are now full of 'blood' which makes them very loving. ?? ?? ?? ?? Afroja Meah, 10L2, English Coursework 4, Ms Perry ...read more.

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