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How does Shakespeare reveal the relationships between the two pairs of lovers in 'Much A do About Nothing'? What do we learn of the role of women in this society?

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How does Shakespeare reveal the relationships between the two pairs of lovers in 'Much Ado About Nothing'? What do we learn of the role of women in this society? In this essay I am going to write about how Beatrice and Benedick react to each other when they speak to one another. They always have the intention of speaking nice and being all friendly but their conversations always end up in a fight. Nearly everything they say bad to each other is to hide the fact they like each other it's as if they are shy. "Will you not tell me who told you so?" says Beatrice. (Act 2, scene 1, line 91) "No, you shall pardon me." Replies Benedick. (Act2, scene 1, line 92) Whenever Beatrice and Benedick talk they always seem to be arguing with one another but they really like each other, they should just tell each other that and be happy. In this essay I am also going to talk about Hero and Claudio's relationship and how they get on. They are meant to like each other, but they hardly ever talk to each other at all during the play. SO they don't really know each other at all. 'Much Ado About Nothing' is about a group of soldiers who stopped at a town called Messina. ...read more.


This symbolizes a wealthy, romantic and also an aristocratic person. I think Hero is very quiet in this story, she only speaks one line or so in the first half, "I will do any modest office, my lord, this means I will do my best to be a good wife to help my dear cousin Claudio to be a good husband." Hero didn't really have a say in getting married. She had to do what she was told by her father. Her father had told her to say yes when Claudio asked her to marry him. She just does as she is told. I think that Hero should stand up for herself more. At the wedding when she is being accused of having an affair she should stand up for herself and say something back. She must know herself that she is innocent because she knows herself she didn't have an affair. All she can do is cry, Hero would make a much more better wife if she did what she wanted to do and stuck up for herself. When Claudio is speaking to Benedick he says, "Can the world buy such a jewel?" This is he thinking of Hero as an object that he can own. (Act 1, scene 1, line 134) ...read more.


Leonato mentions in the play that Beatrice is too 'shrewish' to get a husband. Beatrice says to Benedick in one of their arguments, "I would rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swears he loves me." (Act 1, scene 1, line 97) Beatrice also somehow convinces Benedick to challenge Claudio. She does by saying to Benedick, "If I were a man..." and starts explaining to Benedick what she would do. When she speaks quite a few of the sentences fools nobody but herself, but I think that she is a nice woman and should act like she does just to keep some sort of power. We learn from this story that women can either be of two kinds...one of them is the Beatrice type. She stands up for herself and answers always with smart remarks. There also can be the woman that never talks, just does what their parents tell them to do, but as we have learn it is always the father and men who take the lead and tell the women what to do. This type of women does not have a say in what happens, they are kind of controlled by men. Once a woman is married, their husband owns them, like an object you could say. Zaheen Maqsood ...read more.

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