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Explore Two Moments in "Much Ado About Nothing" Where Beatrice and Benedick Are At Their Most Entertaining

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Explore Two Moments in "Much Ado About Nothing" Where Beatrice and Benedick Are At Their Most Entertaining As an unconventional and unusual hero and heroine, Beatrice and Benedick are very amusing characters, both together and apart. An perfect example of their hilarity is the first scene in the play. Beatrice, before Benedick has come on, mocks him: she refers to him sarcastically as "Signor Mountanto". She proceeds to insult him as a soldier, by asking "But how many hath he killed? - for indeed I promised to eat all of his killing." The audience would find this kind of witty behaviour extremely entertaining, especially as the messenger tries to defend Benedick - to which Beatrice comments that Benedick is a "valiant trencherman" with an "excellent stomach." ...read more.

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A grown man and a grown woman throwing (relatively harmless) insults at each other is so unlike how a classic love would bloom, so unlike the conventional courtship that happens between Claudio and Hero. Beatrice is called "Lady Disdain" by Benedick, who goes on to discuss how he is loved by "all ladies." The insults they hurl at each other are so hilariously childish that the audience can't help but roar with laughter: "...and 'twere such a face as yours were." "Well, you are a rare parrot teacher." Benedick have a very realistic relationship, which is one of the reasons why the audience love them so much as characters. Through all the witty, almost rude insults, there are two people there who really do love each other. ...read more.

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"Why, he is the price's jester, a very dull fool... and the commendation is not in his wit, but in his villainy, for he both pleases men and angers them, and then they laugh at him, and beat him" This scene highly amuses the audience because Benedick thinks he can get away with teasing Beatrice, but she promptly outsmarts him and makes him look like a fool! The interesting contrasts between Beatrice and Benedick always keep the audience amused: Beatrice is critical of all masculine values. Benedick acts like the type of person Beatrice is critical of. They both scorn love, but the audience get the impression that Beatrice has been hurt in the past by Benedick. Benedick's eagerness to please and his competitiveness perfectly suits Beatrice's confident, witty, unusual personality - and this is an important element that contributes to their compatibility as a couple. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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