• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Hero and Beatrice in much ado about nothing

Extracts from this document...


Hero and Beatrice in much ado about nothing The two characters, Hero and Beatrice, go hand in hand, although each has many differences. The reason the characters are so different, at times, is Shakespeare's way of emphasising each character. Hero would not seem as quiet if Beatrice wasn't so loud, and Beatrice wouldn't seem so overly confident if Hero didn't act so shy. The two, during the play fall in love with two very different people. They both have different views and ideals, especially concerning love and marriage. They are both very close friends, they share everything together. In the end they each fall in love, becoming more similar as the play and their relationships progress. From Act 1 Scene 1 we are bombarded by Beatrice's wit and her very loud and abrasive actions. She argues with Benedick, this takes up most of the act, the two get very carried away, and this shows us her passionate nature. On the other hand we have Hero who, although being present in Act 1 Scene 1, says only one thing. This is a perfect example of her nature; her timid nature Hero is just a little, spoilt, girl. She has everything done for her and this is a major reason why she is so quiet, people do anything for her because she is an ideal girl; this is what so attracts Claudio I imagine. ...read more.


The fact, as well, that Beatrice describes herself as sunburnt is a way to emphasise, once again, their differences. It also emphasises the fact that Hero is supposed to be a fairly typical female and Beatrice is supposed to be an extraordinary one. Hero's view on marriage is never expressed by herself, she is too much of a model Elizabethan women to express such views; it is, instead, expressed by her cousin Beatrice. "Yes, faith; it is my cousin's duty to make curtsy and say, 'father as it please you'. But yet for all that, cousin, let him be a handsome fellow, or else make another curtsy and say, 'father as it please me" This quote not only shows us Hero's view on marriage it also shows us some other differences between Hero and Beatrice. First being that Beatrice has no problem being sarcastic towards Hero, and also that Hero is shy of her own character. Antonio poses the question at Hero yet Beatrice replies. We also can see that Beatrice wishes Hero to sometimes stick up for herself, the evidence being the last line of the quote, she wants Hero to say what she wants and stop being shy of her own opinions. This is also true in the opposite sense as regards Beatrice, many people find her nature far too loud and vibrant sometimes, and find her wit to be very rude. ...read more.


Hero's character seems to shy away from all kinds of confrontation, and at the end it seems this is because she does not need to, all the people around her will fight for her no matter what. Shakespeare has created two opposite cousins, characters whose emotions and ideas carry most of the play along. Their differences and similarities help them becoming friends and eventually wives, and at the end of the play we get the idea that they will forever be friends. Hero's shy and timid nature has become a little more forward and confident; she is growing up as the play continues. By the end, although she has learnt a great deal about the world, she is still just a spoilt child, who needs not speak or act because those around will do it for her. With the help of 'cupid's traps', Beatrice's witty enemy Benedick has broken her hard and independent shell. She has lost her anger at being an 'old maid' which made her so fiery and overly witty at the beginning of the play, it has been replaced by a more 'tamed heart', but her passion never leaves her. She is, by the end of the play, more than just the mature young woman she was, I feel she has turned full circle and become her own ideal woman. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Much Ado About Nothing section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Much Ado About Nothing essays

  1. Write an exploration of the dark elements present in Much Ado About Nothing

    Shakespeare emphasises this aspect of Don John's character through his next speech, where Don John professes his stubborn and insensitive character. 'I cannot hide what I am. I must be sad when I have cause, and smile at no man's jests; eat when I have stomach, and wait for no

  2. Much Ado About Nothing - Elizabethan Women

    (3.1.100-101). Hero cares about her friends and relatives. When Don Pedro announces that he wants to try "to bring Signior Benedick ant the Lady Beatrice into a mountain of affection th'one with th'other" Hero says that she will "do any modest office... to help my cousin to a good husband" This shows that Hero likes her cousin and wants to help her find happiness in love.

  1. Write an exploration of the 'dark' elements present in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

    uncovered and the truth wins, Shakespeare clearly proves that deception can be extremely powerful and destructive. As well as the obvious darker elements of the play, there are other less obvious implications in other parts of the play such as 'The Song' sung by Balthasar in Act II Scene III.

  2. Percy Bysshe Shelley demonstrates a remarkable deftness in drawing out the dark side of ...

    Cenci is outraged at her defiance of his authority before his peers and knows that in order to retain their respect for his power he must maintain that authority, especially in his own home. As always, his retribution is swift and malignant and he determines to break Beatrice's will to oppose him once and for all.

  1. From your reading of "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Much Ado About Nothing" ...

    At this point in the play we see that Shakespeare does show sympathy to the feelings of women. From the words of Baptista Minola we get the impression that Shakespeare does not treat women as objects but as human beings who do have the ability to love.

  2. Much Ado about Nothing Task: Which character do you feel more sympathetic towards ...

    loves her and that he will be faithful to her, because she agrees to return his love when she says, "And Benedick, love on; I will requite thee," (3.2.111). This means that she really loves him secretly also, or else, her belief that a relationship should be backed by true love wouldn't hold true.

  1. In what way does Shakespeare's play 'Much Ado About Nothing' reflect the stereotypical views ...

    The shrew is the only category defined in terms of intelligence and not sexuality. A shrew was any woman who spoke up for herself. She of course, needed taming. The shrew was therefore, the most dangerous category as far as men were concerned, as these were women who could challenge their power and superior place in society.

  2. 'Much Ado About Nothing' - study in detail the two main female characters, Beatrice ...

    with Adam's sons "till God make men of some other metal than earth." Most women from that time would not have made comments like those above. It is because of Beatrice's outspoken, witty character that she is able to say such things with such confidence.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work