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A battle of the sexes- Much Ado About Nothing

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?A Battle of the sexes? but who wins?? William Shakespeare?s classic play Much Ado About Nothing portrays the battle of the sexes, through romantic comedy. This is a popular theme in Shakespearian comedies, perhaps most famously in The Taming of the Shrew and is an idea that has been revisited in plays, such as Pygmalian, novels such as Pride and Prejudice and films such as the 1959 comedy Battle of the Sexes. Who wins in Much Ado About Nothing is to be discussed in this essay. However, it is worth noting that the battle itself is a medium to explore the patriarchal society, and is a precursor to finding love and marriage. ...read more.

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Shakespeare cleverly pioneers her to challenge society, maybe suggesting a female feat in a patriarchal society. But then, on the other hand, our feminist and hero, Beatrice has her independence and beliefs quickly snatched away from her, when falling in love with her object of verbal abuse- Benedick ?I would not deny you?, this change in hear suggest that even the most independent of women, and her feminist values can be tamed. Shakespeare may be alluring to the idea that women in end always end up as a man?s possession thus ending Beatrice?s wild freedom, making men the winners in the battle of the sexes. ...read more.

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And in creating Hero?s rising, Shakespeare was attempting to show a women?s faithfulness, trust and perseverance, giving women a win in the battle of the sexes. Romantic love and the battle of the sexes are intrinsically intertwined in Much Ado About Nothing, In Shakespeare?s world, Benedick must win, tame the headstrong Beatrice, so that he may marry her. The irony is, of course, that without Beatrice?s outspoken nature, she would be meek, mild and of no interest to the alpha male Benedick. The play concludes with Beatrice silent, kissed and quelled. It seems that she has been vanquished; the price of love, marriage and security in this man?s world. ...read more.

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