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The relationship between Beatrice and Benedick at the beginning of the play is very strange, they are always metaphorically biting at each other, this is proven when Benedick says "God keep your ladyship still in that mind, so some gentleman or other shall scape a predistinate scratched face" Beatrice then replies "Scratching could not make it worse if it twere such a face as yours" The use of the word scratch by both characters created the image of an open sore and this is rather like their relationship because they keep goading at each other during the first half of the play. This makes the audience feel as if Benedick and Beatrice hate each other and that they would never get married. The relationship changed the night of the party, Don Pedro's men wear masks and Beatrice picks the man with the Chinese mask. This happens to be Benedick. Benedick tries to mislead Beatrice into believing that it is actually a Chinese man by putting on a Chinese voice. After all his efforts it doesn't work and Beatrice knows it is Benedick. Beatrice then starts to make horrible derogatory comments about Benedick. She says "Why he is the princess jester, a very dull fool, only his gift is in devising impossible slanders, But in his villainy for he both pleases men and angers them and then they laugh at him, and beat him" Benedick was very hurt by what Beatrice had said to him. ...read more.


Beatrice tells him what's wrong. One of Benedick's lines was "I do love nothing in the world so well as you, is not that strange"? And one of Beatrice's lines were "I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest". This changes the readers view of the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice, after thinking there is contempt between them to now be thinking they will be married. Their first kiss comes right at the end of the play and Beatrice and Benedick live happily. The relationship between Hero and Claudio is funny but also strange. The reason for this that there is a twist towards the end and it is rather romantic and nice the way they are brought together. At the beginning of the play, it seems like love at first sight because Don Pedro and his men return and Hero and Claudio do not take their eyes off each other and were always smiling at each other. Claudio speaks to Benedick of his love for Hero, and then Benedick tells Don Pedro of Claudio's love for Hero and Don Pedro say he will talk to Hero and get her to take Claudio's hand in marriage. This is the moment they are brought together. It is the party and straight away Don Pedro takes Hero's hand so she can be his partner for the night. ...read more.


He goes to where Hero is supposedly buried and is very emotional. Leonato and Antonio go over to see him who is very upset that his cherished Hero had died. Leonato talks to Claudio and asks him to take Antonio's niece's hand in marriage. Claudio agrees because he feels he has let down Leonato. The wedding day arrives and changes the relationship dramatically. Claudio is thinking that Hero is dead and is ready to marry Antonio's niece. Antonio's niece steps forward and takes off her vale, Claudio is speechless. He says "Another Hero" showing his affection for her by hugging her. Hero replies "Nothing Certainer. One Hero died defiled, but I do live, and surely as I live, I am a maid" and she smiles at Claudio and they get married. Hero's and Claudio's relationship was much more realistic than Beatrice and Benedick. The reason for this is because a lot of people these days fall in love at first sight, not like Beatrice and Benedick who had a bit of a laugh at each other's expense, but it could be called a normal way of finding love because they are brought together by friends, which a lot of friends do for there best friends. This doesn't happen these days. The relationships were totally different the only thing that was the same is that they both ended blissfully. ...read more.

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