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The Tricking of Beatrice and Benedick.

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The Tricking of Beatrice and Benedick Act 2 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 1 are the two scenes in which Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into falling for one another. The trick on Benedick is preformed by Claudio, Don Pedro and Leonato with a musical interval from Balthazar. Beatrice on the other hand is tricked by Hero and Ursula. The tricks plaid on these two 'star cross'd lovers' differ slightly but also share certain similarities, one of these being they contain certain comical aspects. Another similarity between the two tricks is that the two victims are hidden from the sight of those tricking them. This allows Shakespeare to have one group in a dialogue whilst the victim of the trick has his/her own monologue, so two conversations are occurring simultaneously, giving a complexity to the scene and leaving room for comedy. ...read more.


The tricking of Benedick is very comical, although the purpose of the trick is quite serious, but the tricking of Beatrice is of a more romantic and serious nature. This is because of Beatrice has a more serious attitude towards the matter. Benedick takes a comical approach and comes to the conclusion that 'The world must be peopled' and he is the man for the job, whereas Beatrice romantically says 'Benedick, love on; I will requite thee, taming my wild heart to thy loving hand.' This reference to wild nature being tamed shows the emotion felt by Beatrice where Benedick makes a joke of his attraction towards Beatrice. By the end of each scene the audience are convinced that Beatrice and Benedick are convinced. ...read more.


which makes it more believable for Benedick. 'Then down on her knees she falls, weeps, sobs, beats her heart, tears hair.' The underlined verbs are quite extreme and this is what was needed to convince Benedick. The verbs are also quite wild, linking in to the quote from Beatrice of her wild heart. This once again shows when talking about matters of the heart Shakespeare uses imagery of wild nature and violence. After talking about Beatrice's 'enraged affection' Benedick is still in disbelief about what the three are talking about, but because Leonato is also involved in the conversation Benedick is unsure. 'I should think this a gull, but the white-bearded fellow speaks it.' After this line Benedick does not talk until the end of the scene in his long speech. His quirky, witty, comical language has been harnessed by this revelation and his speech has a more serious tone. ...read more.

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