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The Tricking Of Benedick - What makes act 2 scene 3 dramatically effective?

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WHAT MAKES ACT 2 SCENE 3 (The Tricking Of Benedick) DRAMATICALLY EFFECTIVE? Act two scene three, is am important scene in the play because it is the point in the play where Benedick changes almost instantaneously, form a man who hates love, marriage and anything connected with to a man who is madly in love with Beatrice, all by over hearing a conversation. The humour of this scene is that we know it is a trick and that Leonato, Claudio and Don Pedro intend to let Benedick over hear their conversation. Also because we can see Benedick's reactions to what is being said it adds to he comedy. Earlier scenes in Much Ado About Nothing portray Benedick as a bigheaded man, who is full of him self and has a hatred for love, commitment and marriage. He seems to hate Beatrice, and in one of his arguments with her, it gives the impression that he knows her from something that happened in the past, "you always end with a jade's trick; I know you of old." This quote suggests that Beatrice and Benedick had something in the past. Also he says many things that gives the audience the impression that he is full of him self, " I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted." ...read more.


This makes Leonato mad and he replies angrily, "Oh God! Counterfeit." This may have been said to make Benedick believe them more by getting rid of his doubt. As he knows that Beatrice hates him and she feel almost the same about love and marriage. So the way that Leonato reacts may convince him that it is real. After that Leonato continues to speak and now talks about Beatrice telling Hero. Leonato says to Claudio, "you heard my daughter tell you how." This has been said because it will make the audience and Benedick believe them more because there is the confirmation of Beatrice telling Hero, who is going to marry Claudio. The tricking carries for a while and then Benedick says something and it seem as if he has been fooled. The three men stop talking and Benedick says, "I should think this a gull, but that the white bearded fellow speaks." This suggests that Benedick has finally fallen for the trick and now believes that Beatrice is in love with him and makes the audience feel this way too. Also the choice of words makes it seem as though Benedick had some doubt about this whole thing, but has no accepted it. As the three men continue to talk, thy mention the way in which Beatrice has been behaving. ...read more.


There have been numerous different ways the scene has been setup by different people. One example is The Royal Shakespeare Company had Benedick hiding in a tree as the three men sat on a bench. This was good because the audience were able to see the reactions of Benedick to what was said. The scene moves relatively quickly and is paced well so that the audience can keep up with it but also find it funny and not get bored. It is also one of the many plots and schemes in the play. It is well thought out and I think that Shakespeare had used good language in the play. It also is relevant to the theme of the play, which is love and romance. It shows how people can sometimes use a "mask" to hide behind, to act as a front, it is shown in the play because Benedick acted like he hated love, commitment, marriage and Beatrice. But ended up falling in love with her, so maybe he just needed help to show his feelings and come out form behind his "mask". In conclusion I think that the scene is dramatically effective due to many dramatic devises, such as the way we could see Benedick's reactions during the tricking scene. Also the effectiveness of the trickery makes it dramatically effective, because the plan to make Benedick fall in love works. Mayur Mistry 11JC English essay Ms. Jones - I - ...read more.

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