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From the very first scene of 'Much Adoabout Nothing' it is obvious that Beatrice and Benedick will eventually fall in love. Do You Agree?

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From the very first scene of 'Much Ado about Nothing' it is obvious that Beatrice and Benedick will eventually fall in love. Do You Agree? From what we can see in the first scene, Beatrice and Benedick share many similarities. They have the potential to be a perfect couple as they are very much alike in their outlooks on life and their personalities complement each other. It is obvious that they will eventually fall in love from the way they act when in the other's presence. Beatrice and Benedick have similar backgrounds and are both well-bread. They have a good standing in society and are loyal to their families and Don Pedro, the Prince of Arragon. Beatrice is known as the 'niece of Don Pedro' and Benedick is addressed as 'Signor' and 'Lord'. The fact that they are both upper-class, single and available suggests a possibility of love between them. Both the potential lovers claim to scorn love. They express a great dislike to commitment and marriage throughout the first scene. Benedick makes this point clear while speaking to Don Pedro: 'I will live a bachelor'. Beatrice seems unaffected by the affections of the opposite sex as she stubbornly says: 'I would rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me'. ...read more.


She is obviously worried about Benedick, although she follows this question with japes upon his character. If she does not care about him, you would expect the conversation to end with the messenger's answer, but instead Beatrice draws out the conversation, getting the messenger to praise Benedick by defending him. The messenger ends up showing Benedick to have all the manly virtues that people of Beatrice's class admire: 'He hath done good service, lady, in these wars.' 'And a good soldier too, lady' (Line 39, Scene 1, Act 1) The wit of their encounter fails to suppress the obvious chemistry between them. They make a perfect couple. They cannot dominate each other and so they intimidate each other. Their love thrives on conflict and tension and their affection is masked by their relentless bickering. Beatrice's concern for Benedick becomes more obvious when she says, 'I wonder that you will still be talking, Signor Benedick, nobody marks you'. She was obviously listening intently to what he had to say; otherwise she would not have made a comment on his arrival. Benedick and Beatrice are both keenly intelligent and like to exaggerate with flamboyant language. They insult each other with cutting, caustic phrases such as, 'Scratching could not make it worse and 'twere such a face as yours were'. ...read more.


When accused of being discourteous, Benedick seeks to boast to Beatrice when he says: 'It is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you axcepted...for truly I love none'. He is showing that he is available but still loves none. Benedick must have feelings for Beatrice and it is obvious that they will soon fall in love from the way he is boasting about his luck with women to her. In the first scene of the play, it seems clear that Beatrice and Benedick are greatly interested in each other. Although she complains about him and they have their first skirmish in the renewed war of wit, they are exchanging information that reveals their concern for the other's well-being. Beneath the insults you learn their interest in each other's affairs and their continued availability on the marriage market, while they affirm at the same time they will never marry. It is obvious that they will eventually fall in love as they only have each other on their minds and are interested in for more than witty banter. This quote from Act 3 of 'Much Ado About Nothing' very aptly sums up the nature of Beatrice and Benedick's relationship. 'Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.' So it appears there is an element of inevitability suggested by the word Cupid; Cupid being the Roman god of love and fate being in the hands of the gods. Sehr Sarwar 10PF [1336 words] ...read more.

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