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

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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.

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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.

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