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Compare the way in which Shakespeare Presents the Characters of Beatrice and Hero

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Compare the way in which Shakespeare Presents the Characters of Beatrice and Hero BY TIM SNELL Tim Snell In this essay I'm comparing the characters Beatrice and Hero from Shakespeare's play, 'Much Ado about Nothing'. 'Much Ado about Nothing' is a comedy written by William Shakespeare c. 1598 - 1599. Shakespeare found the story in Orlando Furioso, which is a great poem written by Ludovico Ariosto, however Shakespeare did come up with the Benedick - Beatrice plot. The attention of the characters is aimed at Claudio and Hero and their young, romantic love and Benedick and Beatrice are the comedy pair in the play, their witty battles of words provides great comedy. ...read more.

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Claudio falls for this and his relationship with Hero shatters until they marry at the end of the play to the rejoice of all good people at Leonato's (governor of Messina and Hero's father) home. My ideas about the two women are that Beatrice is a feisty one with a great wit that everyone admires and Hero is almost the complete opposite being obedient and demure. I also believe they lead completely different relationships with men, I reckon Hero's relationship with Claudio is romantic and well placed in society for the age and that Beatrice's relationship with Benedick is odd because they both, at first, say they loath each other. ...read more.

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However, Beatrice's disobedience adds a comical and unique side to the play. Hero represents the perfect women in Messina society; she is conventional, chaste, loyal and deferential. She knows where her place is and what her job is. All this would appear attractive to most men in Messina society, so much so that Claudio has this to say about her, this is Tim Snell found in Act 1 Scene 1when Claudio is admitting his love for Hero, "In mine eye she is the sweetest lady that ever I looked on.". When Claudio is asked by Benedick if he would buy her, Claudio simply questioned "Can the world buy such a jewel?" Cluadio clearly feels that she, Hero, is worth a lot more than the world can afford. ...read more.

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