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'Compare the ways in which Shakespeare presents the two characters Beatrice and Hero.'

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Abi Jessop Much Ado About Nothing: Coursework assignment. 'Compare the ways in which Shakespeare presents the two characters Beatrice and Hero.' Beatrice is a young, attractive woman, who lives to be an unconventional member of her community. She is technically a free woman as her father died when she was younger and she has no one to say to her no, or that's enough, or in general tell her what to do. She lives her life as she wishes and is known as Lady Disdain by one of her fellow characters, Benedick. However, Hero is the complete opposite to her cousin Beatrice. She too is an only child; she is rich and would be a good catch for any man of her time. She is as decorative as a porcelain doll and never complains. She is also loyal to her friends and family, and always does exactly what she is told, without making a fuss. Shakespeare uses different ways and techniques to present the two very different characters, and personalities of Hero and Beatrice. The addition of the characters of Beatrice and Benedick to the play adds to the comedy of the rest of play. It is obvious to the audience that Beatrice and Benedick are in love, and seeing their different reactions proves comical to all. ...read more.

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In the first dance scene, Beatrice reveals her true feelings and deep emotions to Don Pedro (The Prince of Aragon), and to top it all off he proposes marriage. This could be a turning point for Beatrice, but she turns him down and continues to live her life as she has done since she was born. A life with Don Pedro would have changed that of Beatrice, but it may not have changed it for the better. It is obvious that there is one man for Beatrice, and one man only, Benedick! 'She were an excellent wife for Benedick.' Talking about Hero is a totally different matter. Hero is the conventional wife to be and a man of her time would be stupid to pass up such an opportunity. She is a loyal, obedient and forgiving young woman. We know this from her actions and what is said in the play, by, about, and to her; 'Daughter, remember what I told you: If the prince do solict you in that kind, you know your answer.' These two lines spoken by Leonarto show her loyalty and the 2. level of acceptance and obedience shown towards her father, family and community. The two women, Hero and Beatrice are two very different people. They have been bought up together and are as close as sisters, as Beatrice demonstrates when she sticks up for Hero in the wedding scene; 'O, on my soul, my cousin is belied!' ...read more.

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As the decision to marry in Shakespeare's day was not to be taken lightly, it was a decision that would affect the rest of your life. By looking ad comments and reviews of the play, we can see that Much Ado About Nothing is a play of many genres. It is classed as a comedy but with its exploding romances and conniving villain, the play could easily be classed as a romance, and very nearly a tragedy. Another thing to think about with the writing of the character of Beatrice is how Shakespeare was able to come up with these ideas living in the time that he did. For example Beatrice living the life that she does. Not only does the basic story line of Beatrice fit into our everyday lives, but also, would it be true to say that William Shakespeare, was a prime example of an early feminist expressing his views and opinions in comedy. To me it seems like he was writing a few hundred years in advance of his time. So as you can see William Shakespeare used many different ways and techniques to achieve what he did in much ado about nothing and I am sure that there are many more that I am yet to discover. I think that in this case, I will agree with Dianna Lynn Kitching, of the Washington gazette when she says; 'A fun read, with great characters, that almost everyone seems to love.' 4. ...read more.

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