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Much Adoabout Nothing' Man is a giddy thing' - Discuss Benedick's changing Character.

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OCR : English Language Unit 4 : Coursework Item 2 : Response to Reading ELH : Shakespeare Much Ado about Nothing 'Man is a giddy thing' [1564-1616] Discuss Benedick's changing Character [1598/9] Benedick undergoes a dramatic change during the play. At the beginning he is an arrogant and boastful soldier. He returns from fighting with his two companions, Claudio and Don Pedro, and is greeted by Beatrice with whom he engages in a competition to outwit one another with intelligent and witty comments. He also expresses his feelings against marriage and commitment as he is scared of being cuckolded by a woman. ...read more.


When Beatrice comes out to call Benedick for dinner, she is sharp with her words. When he is alone he say that her words have double meaning. So he exits to fetch a picture of her. Claudio and Benedick react very differently in their feelings of love. Claudio is very open about his feelings and feels love is something to be proud of although he falls in love very quickly; he is a true Elizabethan romantic. Benedick changes dramatically after hearing Beatrice loves him. He becomes more aware of his appearance, and shocks his friends, by shaving his beard off, but when he is questioned about why he has he simply 'I have the toothache'. ...read more.


Benedick's personal involvement in love is a total contrast to the beginning of the play. He shares a conversation with Margaret about his desire to write a romantic poem. This also demonstrates the change in him because he is now trying to write caring words whereas before he would have written insults. 'I cannot show it in rhyme I have tried.' He has now become a loving man. Love matures Benedick and he changes in many ways. He becomes sociable and civilized and tries to encourage Don Pedro to get a wife 'Prince, thou art sad; get thee a wife, get thee a wife'. Beatrice was right when she said, at the end f the play 'Man is a giddy thing' this is true because Benedick's character dramatically changed during the play. Maria-Jayde Jones 4Ng 5th December 2003 ...read more.

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