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Much Ado About Nothing - Character study on Beatrice

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Much Ado About Nothing Character study on Beatrice When reading "Much Ado About Nothing" I found the most interesting and entertaining character was Beatrice, this is because there are many aspects to her nature. This may have been difficult express in a play in Shakespeare's time as all of the actors were male. Her attitude towards Benedick was cynical and unpleasant, such as when she was talking to messenger about him, Beatrice refers to him as "Signor Mountanto" which means she believes that he is "stuck up" or a social climber, and this makes her appear in this scene to be very unloving. However in the love scenes between Beatrice and Benedick, towards the end of the play, you see the more likeable side of her, "I love nothing so well as you," Beatrice confesses to Benedick. As the play starts I do think that the wrong impression of Beatrice is evident, when she talks about Benedick in an unpleasant way, when it's apparent that Benedick is an honourable and upstanding soldier, "He hath done good service, lady, in these wars" "And a good soldier too, lady," the messenger refers about Benedick. ...read more.


Only a few moments later, when they are talking about a husband for Beatrice, does it show his intent of his merry hearted view of Beatrice "Will you have me, lady?" Beatrice quickly replies to this with "No, my lord, unless I might have another for working days." This I think shows her humorous side to her personality. On the night of the Masked Ball Don Pedro, after being rejected by Beatrice, decided that she would make a good wife for Benedick "She were an excellent wife for Benedick." The others at the Ball laughed at this thought, but agree that they would help in setting both Beatrice and Benedick up so they fall in love with each other. The way that they do this is by talking about how much Beatrice 'loves' Benedick, while he over hears, and in the same way they trick Beatrice. The first to hear this is Benedick, who then falls in love with her, "She's a fair lady, I do spy some marks of love in her." ...read more.


Beatrice is distressed by this as she is almost certain that it was a lie, "Oh on my soul my cousin is belied." This scene, I think shows her more protective side. Beatrice later has a love scene with Benedick when they both declare their love for one another, "I protest I love thee." Once they have both expressed their feelings, the mood changes when Beatrice requested to Benedick, "Kill Claudio" Beatrice distinctly will not have a damaging word said against her cousin "Sweet hero, she is wronged, she is slandered, she is undone." Throughout this play, the many facets of Beatrice's personality are shown. At the beginning you see the cynical and unpleasant aspect "I had rather hear my dog bark than a man swear he loves me." However I believe that she has a sense of fun and much of Beatrice's comments to Benedick are to tease him and not to be vindictive. Towards the end of the play, the much more affectionate and compassionate side of her personality shines through "You have stayed me in a happy, I was about to protest I love you." and shows the more pleasant person that she really is. By Carla Novak ...read more.

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