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Compare the presentation of the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice with the presentation of the relationship between Claudio and Hero.

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English / English literature G.C.S.E Coursework assignment. Shakespeare play; Much Ado About Nothing Compare the presentation of the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice with the presentation of the relationship between Claudio and Hero. Shakespeare's much ado about nothing is about two couples and the difference between their relationships, the problems they face in order to be together and the tricks played on them to help and hinder their relationship development. Shakespeare is telling us that in his time, people married because of tradition and not true love. His advice is not relevant today as people do not tend to stick to the traditional way of acting when it comes to love and marriage. In the play we learn that the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice is strong; they are always bickering but this shows that know each other well and can exchange witty comments without truly insulting each other. There is a merry war between them. Beatrice says to Benedick: "A bird of my tongue is better than a beast of yours" This means that she is implying that he is not very clever. "A good soldier to a lady, but what is he to a lord?" she calls him a lady's man, he chases women but he is no use as a soldier. "He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat" - he is disloyal, unfaithful, he changes his friends constantly. She calls him "no less than a stuffed man" this means he looks manly and handsome but he has no personality. ...read more.

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At the party scene, all the guests are wearing masks. Don Pedro is to pretend to be Claudio and 'woo' Hero for him. Don Pedro says to Claudio " I will assume thy part in some disguise, and tell fair Hero I am Claudio, and in her bosom I'll unclasp my heart." The trick was played on Claudio by Don John. Don John purposely asks Claudio if he is Benedick, knowing that he is Claudio, when Claudio replies, "I am he" Don John tells Claudio (as Benedick) that Don Pedro is wooing Hero for himself. Claudio is gullible and believes this. This shows that he does not trust Don Pedro; he feels betrayed "Friendship is constant in all other things" Claudio's reaction is presented in poetry, which means it is not his true feelings. He ends the verse of poetry with "farewell therefore Hero" this shows how willing he is to give up on his 'love' for Hero. The relationship is weakening. Beatrice speaks to Benedick at the party; he pretends to be someone else but she knows it is him. She insults him and he tries to defend himself. She says, "He is the prince's jester, a very dull fool" this means that he is like a clown, he fools around but he is dull and boring. Benedick is hurt by these comments. The fact that he is upset by her insults shows that he cares about her. ...read more.

Conclusion

" I do suffer love for, I love thee against my will" Benedick asks the friar to marry them alongside hero and Claudio. When they are with the friar, he asks her if she loves him, to which she replies "no more than reason" he says the same to her and they realise the trick that was played on them by Don Pedro and the others. Claudio shows Beatrice the poetry written by Benedick about her and Hero shows Benedick the sonnet written for Benedick by Beatrice. " Here's our own hands against our hearts" they realise how much they really do love ach other and decide to marry after the exchange of a few more witty comments! The fact that both the poems were written very badly shows how they cannot act in the traditional way no matter how hard they try. This proves it is true love. We are convinced of their future happiness. The relationship between Claudio and hero is weak. his 'love' for her is based on her wealth and her looks, she married him because her father told her to. They both act conventionally which is how they are supposed to act according to tradition. Claudio speaks in poetry, which is false and untrue. The relationship between Benedick and Beatrice is based on trust, honesty, knowledge and true love. They speak in prose, true feelings and are compatible and well suited. I think Shakespeare was trying to tell us that a loving relationship should be based on trust, honesty and knowledge rather than tradition, looks and money. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rachel Winfield Coursework ...read more.

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