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In Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing he represents two characters with a very secretive relationship thats covered up with spiteful words.

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In Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing he represents two characters with a very secretive relationship that's covered up with spiteful words. Beatrice, the women in the relationship, she's a very cynical lady and has a very firm opposition to marriage. However Benedict the man in the relationship has very similar belief to Beatrice, however he is represented to be a man who is rather sexually promiscuous. Shakespeare signifies Beatrice and Benedicts relationship by them not going a day with out insulting each other or arguing, however under all the vulgar words comes a strong affection. In act 1.1 Beatrice panels the conversation exclusively to Benedict by referring him to "Signor Montano" meaning a thrust for fencing. This suggests that Beatrice has a very deceiving feeling as if Benedict studied on fencing and learned the definition instead of actually fighting. Over here she is doubting his ability as a solider moreover she's making him look more like the Prince's jester as she says so again in act 2.1. The phrase "How many hath he killed and eaten in these wars? But how many hath he killed? ...read more.


In act 1.1 Shakespeare represents Benedicts feelings to Beatrice to be such hatred on the outside but a strong affection on the inside. Benedict knows she is furious for leaving her, However he knows he loves her but that she is fed up of him. In all Benedicts rejection to women, the phrase "There's her cousin, and she were not possessed in fury, exceeds her much in beauty" shows that he does find her attractive and there is an attraction between them hidden behind. When benedict explains, " I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted" Over here benedict is trying to show Beatrice how much of a loved man he is and shows that other women actually appreciate his good looks to make trying to make her feel guilty of how she had insulted him. In act 2.1 Benedict says, "She spokes poniards and every word stabs" this shows that Benedict really cares about the fact that she said those words to him and that it really affects and hurts him to know that's the they she feels. ...read more.


That she has no one and must sit in the corner, alone. Watching everyone get married and Beatrice being against all men and love, she now feels ugly as if she has violated the look of beauty in her by being tanned by the sun, which were the marks of a lower class woman who had to work outdoors. Overall I think that Beatrice and Benedict have the strongest affection out of all of the couples. This is because in almost every sentence they say they have linked back to talking about it each other, it may not be a compliment or something nice but they always happen to link back to each other. Shakespeare here is trying to show us that the manner of men and women back then is very different to how it is these days and how they act were more tricky. For instance the way he presented they're relationship was not straight forward, as it had a whole complicated story behind it that the reader had to unravel. In whole, Shakespeare presented Beatrice's and Benedicts Relationship to be a complicating love/hate relationship. ...read more.

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