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Shakespeare(TM)s Much Ado about Nothing Directors Essay: What advice would you give to Beatrice when responding to Benedick?

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Shakespeare's "Much Ado about Nothing" Directors Essay "What advice would you give to Beatrice when responding to Benedick?" Arguably, Beatrice can be considered to be the main character in Shakespeare's "Much Ado about Nothing". Through her melodrama, Shakespeare provides us with a rare and lovable character. Hence, great care should be taken to direct her, especially in response to her lover, Benedick. Unlike most women during that era, Beatrice shows no fear towards men, let alone considers herself as inferior. The privet conversation between Beatrice and Benedick displays this: "It's a man's office, but not yours". The sentence is purposed to challenge Benedick of his manhood, hence, the break in this line can be exaggerated, by speaking the latter phrase in a slow tempo with a harsh tone. ...read more.

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Also, here they do not speak in iambic pentameter as they did before, to show their closeness, and also, how they both were changed persons ways from the public eye. In the beginning, Beatrice does this deliberately, to pretend to keep a distance between Benedick and herself. However, once she declares her love: "I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest", there is a great change. After Benedick refuses once, she attacks him with many threats, such as "you kill me to deny it" and "there is no love in you". Although Benedick may not have realised this, Beatrice repeatedly used her friendship and love to use Benedick as a tool. As their talk progresses, for once in the entire play, Beatrice's real emotions were seen (this may suggest the strength of their relationship). ...read more.

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(there is a link to the beginning here: the first scene and last scene both feature a clash between Beatrice and Benedick). The tone should be mocking, with a smile upon Beatrice's face, to shame Benedick further. The audience may be shocked by this and disapprove Beatrice, as by saying this, it consequently could be taken that Beatrice declared her love before only to use Benedick to kill Claudio. Even towards then, the end, one curious thing to be noted is that where as Benedick has finally declared his love in public, Beatrice remains to do so: she is the same witty women as seen in Scene 1. Even the last line she speaks, "I was told you were in a consumption" is in a cold and harsh tone. This shows that even through the end she stays contempt. ?? ?? ?? ?? Niloy Biswas ...read more.

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Although short, this is an entertaining and well written response, which shows a knowledge of the text and a confidence when handling decisions based on staging and audience response. ***

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