• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The relationship between Beatrice and Benedick compared to the couple Claudio and Hero in Shakespeare's play, Much Ado About Nothing.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Today I will be focusing on the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick compared to the couple Claudio and Hero in Shakespeare's play, Much Ado About Nothing. B & B seem to have a love/hate relationship which may have came from past relationship let downs, the two thrive on conflict and tension. Whereas H & C represent an idealised love. Early on in the play C asks DP, "Hath Leonate any son my lord?" This being one of the first questions that C asks about H. This would suggest that he is finding out whether she will inherit all of Leonato's wealth before he decides that he loves H. ...read more.

Middle

In the beginning, there is some obvious attraction between the two. It appears as though they are reluctant loves duped into a suspicious relationship. In the opening act, they already argue as lovers, i.e. Ben says, " What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living? This could be seen to be quite a tongue in rude questioning, with undertones of attraction. As is Beat's reply, "Is it possible disdain should die, while she hath such meet food to feet it, as Signor Ben? Courtesy itself must convert to disdain if you come in her presence." This I believe is teasing laced with clear attraction. It continues with more passionate in-flirting where their fascination for each other becomes more and more clear. ...read more.

Conclusion

This very quickly goes down hill as C trust is easily lead astray. I think if I was the director of this play and was performing it for a modern audience I would defiantly play up the suspiciousness of C. I really don't like his character and I would want my audience to feel the same. Basically so that there isn't the one, main, typical "bady" figure. I would also have it preformed in modern language to relate to the people of today, although the language used by Shakespeare is seen to be one of the main attractions to his plays, maybe people of now a days find it hard to understand. Plus I believe that the story-line is enough to make the play a success. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Much Ado About Nothing section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Much Ado About Nothing essays

  1. How Shakespeare portrays Hero and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.

    only through her strong personality that the play can benefit from her dramatic appearances and also the audience are able to see how ridiculous the Elizabethan expectations of marriages were. Other themes, which comes up in Much Ado About Nothing, is hour and pride, which we can learn through the relationship between Hero and Leonato.

  2. How does Shakespeare represent love in 'Much Ado About Nothing'?

    "...will after he hath laugh'd at such shallow follies in others, become the argument of his own scorn, by falling in love, and such a man is Claudio." Ironically his speech fits Benedick himself quite well by the end of the play.

  1. Discuss the presentation of the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare's 'Much Ado ...

    The audience of 'Much Ado Abut Nothing' have the luxury of being better informed than any of the characters, with the exception of Beatrice. Therefore, the scenes are much more comic because of the dramatic irony, as the audience feel much cleverer than those on stage.

  2. Much Ado about Nothing Task: Which character do you feel more sympathetic towards ...

    for a woman to be so bold while talking to a man. For example, while Beatrice is talking to Benedick, she says, "I wonder that you will still be talking, / Signor Benedick; nobody marks you" (1.1.112-113).

  1. What is striking about Much Ado About Nothing is that it is written largely ...

    This can be seen when Claudio convinces Don Pedro to win him Hero's heart, a scene that takes place in a garden. In this act, Beatrice will be tricked into loving Benedick by what she overhears in an orchard. Indeed, Hero's reputation, and also Claudio's perception of her virginity, is

  2. How Does Shakespeare Convey The Character Change In Beatrice In The Play "Much Ado ...

    "Fair Beatrice I thank thee for thy pains", "he rubs himself with civet; can you smell him out by that." He is trying to change himself to be more attracted to Beatrice. Similarly, Hero and Ursula discuss how Benedick is "in love" with Beatrice, while Beatrice herself hides in the trees and listens; she too takes the bait.

  1. Discuss how Shakespeare creates the character of Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing

    small and unworthy, making Benedick feel his has yet again the upper hand over a women. He also says she is "too little for a great praise", which turns us to think she is nothing special. This quote ends with Benedick expressing the fact he does not "like her".

  2. Examine how Shakespeare presents the relationship of Beatrice and Benedick in comparison to his ...

    Claudio transgresses from a soldier to a lover quite hastily and perhaps he feels marriage is the next stage for him and although he has certain ideals about his wife it may not necessarily be limited to Hero. However another interpretation of this may be that Claudio has different values

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work