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Compare And Contrast The 'GULLING' scenes in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing:Act 2 Sc 3

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Compare And Contrast The 'GULLING' scenes in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing:Act 2 Sc 3 (the deception of Benedick) and Act 3 Sc 1 ( the deception of Beatrice ) Deception- to mislead, delude or cheat a person.In both scenes a character is decepted. In Act 2 Scene 3 Claudio, Don Pedro and Leonato deceive Benedict. They tell him that Beatrice is in love with him. In Act 3 Scene 1 Beatrice is deceived by Hero and Ursula. Both Benedick and Beatrice are deceived indirectly . All of the deceivers know that the person they are trying to deceive is listening to the conversation but Benedick and Beatrice think that they are simply just eavesdropping on a confidential conversation. This, however, makes it more believable for Beatrice and Benedick because they are not being directly spoken to and if the people that they overheard didn't know they were there which both Beatrice and Benedick think then there would be no point in lying about such a sensitive matter. Both scenes are single sex scenes. ...read more.

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' He would make but a sport of it, and torment the poor lady worse ' Claudio Act 2 Sc 3 (134) At this point Benedick became intent on proving them wrong. ' I must not seem proud, happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending' Benedick Act 2 Sc 3 (187) 'for I will be horribly in love with her' Benedick Act 2 Sc 3 (191) By emphasising his worst characteristics and insulting him Benedick has deceived himself because he doesn't want to believe he could do and be such horrendous things. However he could also have deceived himself purely because he believed his close friends and be genuinely flattered that Beatrice was in love with him. Beatrice would probably be more reluctant to love Benedick than Benedick would be to love Beatrice . He must have seen it as a second chance to prove himself because he has hurt her in the past. ' once I gave him two hearts for his one ' Beatrice Act 2 Sc 1 ' I know you of old ' Beatrice Act 2 Sc 1 But Beatrice went against her better judgement and decided to fall in love with Benedick again. ...read more.

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This is a very comic scene because it is supposed to appeal to a male audience who could relate to Benedick , the situation he is in and the way he is feeling. This is the complete opposite of Beatrices' scene which is written in poetry. This makes the scene more serious and emotional for Beatrice because after they leave she has a soliloquy in blank verse which shows that she has taken everything they have said seriously. Later on in the play there is a short scene to show that Beatrice and Benedick are both utterly convinced that they are in love with eachother. There are many interpretations of these two scenes . Some people think that Beatrice and Benedick are genuinely in love and other people think that they have just tricked themselves into believing something which they don't actually feel . Beatrice and Benedick are both portrayed as very idle and stupid. This may be because in the plays performed of this script the deceivers are always smiling, laughing or wanting to smile and this makes the scenes comic and therefore make Beatrice and Benedick look even mare gullible. Alison Yang House 3 lower 5 ...read more.

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