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Much ado about nothing - A Comparison of the Scenes which show the Gulling of Beatrice and Benedick.

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A Comparison of the Scenes which show the Gulling of Beatrice and Benedick In the play Much Ado about Nothing, two main characters Beatrice and Benedick are gulled into believing that Beatrice loves Benedick and Benedick loves Beatrice. The two scenes are parallel and set in the same place, the orchard. The effect of this is that the audience concentrate more on the other differences, for example how the characters are treated, and not on the differences on set. The opening speeches of both scenes create an important context for the gulling. In Benedicks soliloquy he talks about how he despises love, and describes his perfect women because he knows she is an impossibility, although he knows he loves Beatrice really he just doesn't want to swallow his pride. He sets himself up to be gulled because he wants it to be true and he wants to believe it. In the next scene Beatrice is also gulled to believe that Benedick loves her. This scene is more of a plot because when Hero and Margaret start discussing her. In this scene the two characters are a lot more personal when criticizing Beatrice than Benedick. They talk about her personality and how she acts a lot more than Benedick. ...read more.

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Beatrice is just as surprised as Benedick and she is intrigued to hear more. Beatrice remains hidden but she moves to get closer. Beatrice could be stood down in the auditorium so the audience can clearly see her reaction. Benedick is given a detailed account of Beatrice's despair. Claudio says, "Then down upon her knees she falls, weeps, sobs, beats her heart, tears her hair, prays curses." This is very over the top and exaggerated. "Hero thinks surely she will die, for she says she will die, if he love her not, and she will die ere she make her love known, and she will die if he woo her." Claudio is saying here that Beatrice will probably commit suicide if Benedick will not love her. He uses repetition of "she will die" and makes it more hyperbolic, and stresses the point that she loves him. The repetition of "she will die" also makes an emotional impact on Benedick. Benedick does make a bit of a fool of himself, as Beatrice has not yet been gulled so Benedick thinks she is just playing hard to get. "You take pleasure then in the message?" Then Beatrice replies "Yea, just so much as you may take upon a knifes point." ...read more.

Conclusion

He anticipates that his friends will mock him because he has been against marriage for so long. Benedick is the character that everyone likes and seems to be genuine. He comes across as more passionate because he is prepared to be humiliated in front of his friends to be married. "The world must be peopled", he says as if he must help with adding to the population by starting a family with Beatrice. He reflects on all the facts he heard from Claudio, Don Pedro and Leonato. Beatrice finishes with a truncated, unfinished sonnet. It is in iambic pentameter. Beatrice says, "What fire is in mine ears?" She is wondering why she is hearing all this abuse from her friends. She questions herself if she is really like that. The sonnet has monosyllabic lines and the third line is personified. She decides there is need for change in her personality. She accepts Benedick by naming him and uses dramatic pauses. Internal rhyme is used and double antithesis, "taming my wild heart" She wants to encourage him to make the first move. She uses plosive alliteration and metaphors. Beatrice thinks she is in superiority with Benedick but inferior to the prince. She is confident that what she has heard is true. She concludes that she loves Benedick, because she uses a metaphor of a wedding ring. ...read more.

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