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Trace and comment upon the development of Beatrice and Benedick's relationship in "Much Ado About Nothing".

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Trace and comment upon the development of Beatrice and Benedick's relationship in "Much Ado About Nothing". In Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" there are two plots involving lovers; one is serious and potentially tragic; the other is humorous and entertaining. It is upon this second love hate relationship between Beatrice and Benedick, that I shall be focusing and commenting upon the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick and the phases their relationship goes through. The pair have shared love in the past but Benedick won her love "with false dice" and Beatrice gave him her love "a double heart for his single one". They are both intelligent individuals and have battles of wit in public to attempt to gain the advantage over the other. Don Pedro decides to play a trick on the two by tricking them into love; "Cupid is no longer an archer, his glory shall be ours" This scene is one o the main comical moments as both characters go completely against their beliefs that they so proudly and loudly proclaimed at the beginning of the play. As Benedick and Beatrice comes to terms to their new found love they begin to trust each other. When Leonato's daughter and one of Don Pedro's soldiers Claudio decide to get married. DonJohn decides to try and wreck the marriage and deceives him into thinking that Hero has been deceitful and this is when Beatrice tells Benedick to kill Claudio for mistrusting Hero. ...read more.

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throw right back at her "I would my horse had the speed of your tongue" He then leaves safe in the knowledge that he has won the round. Beatrice's and Benedicks second battle takes place at the masked ball. This allows Beatrice to attack Benedick as he believes that she does not know that it is him because he is in disguise. She insults him by calling him "the princes jester" and he cannot fight back and make a comment, as this would give his disguise away to her. Thus Beatrice wins this battle and Benedick starts to worry about his reputation. He lets out a huge cry of rage, which shows his dignity has suffered to admit there may be some truth in what Beatrice has said. He then goes on to say that "she speaks poniards" that every word is like a dagger. He asks Don Pedro if he can be sent away on a mission " rather than hold three words conference with this Harpy". A Harpy is a fierce bird like monster with a beautiful female face. Although he is insulting her he is still recognising her beauty. He leaves the stage having thrown more bitter words in Beatrice's face and in public; "her breath would infect to the north star" and "Oh god here's a dish I love not" He makes it quite clear to all that he cannot stomach the sight or smell of her and such a vivid attack leaves an socially embarrassing vacuum for Beatrice to explain. ...read more.

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Like Benedick she also feels sick and has a cold "by my troth I am sick" Margaret realises what Beatrice is sick for and has a laugh at her expense and says that she needs to take the medicine "Carduus benedictus, and lay it to your heart" Both Beatrice and Benedick are sick for each other and show signs of their personality which we have not seen in the play before. Benedick asks Beatrice to declare her love for him in public. As she is embarrassed she denies her love for him to avoid declaring love for Benedick, which she has preached against all the way through the play. Benedick also denies his and they both use the same phraseology, "Why no more than reason" As Benedick and Beatrice become wise to the situation and the trick that was played Hero and Claudio reveal how they tricked the pair. All our forgiven and Benedick kisses Beatrice and they celebrate. "Strike up, pipers" All the way through you can see that there is something between Beatrice and Benedick and the two fighting is their way of showing their love for each other. They both admit openly that that the other is beautiful but not to one and other. But in the end it is their quick wit and intelligence that fuels their arguments, which has helped them to uncover the trick played on them that brings them together. Benjamin Woollan 11Br English Literature essay ...read more.

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