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What are Benedick's views at the beginning of the scene? How do his views at the end of the scene compare with those at the beginning? What encourages benedick to believe the lie?

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Introduction

What are Benedick's views at the beginning of the scene? How do his views at the end of the scene compare with those at the beginning? What encourages benedick to believe the lie? At the beginning of the scene, Benedick's views are very against marriage. He describes many ways in which Claudio has changed since falling in love. For example he says 'I have known when there was no music with him but the drum and fife, and now he rather hear the tabor and the pipe.' This is describing the way Claudio's musical tastes have changed from the hard sound of drums to the soft sound of a pipe. He also says 'I have known when he would walk ten mile afoot, to see a good armor, and now he will lie ten nights awake carving the fashion of a new doublet.' ...read more.

Middle

This is a further description of his ideal wife which describes all the main qualities he would want in a woman. Benedick's second speech showed a huge change in his views. He says 'I did never think to marry, I must not seem proud, happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending.' This is basically saying that he shouldn't be stubborn, or proud, but that he should just marry her. He then goes on to justify himself by saying 'but doth the appetite not alter? A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age' This is him saying that he has changed as he has got older.' He then says that he didn't think he would get old when he says 'When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I would live till I were married' This is another excuse his is using to reason with himself about falling in love with Beatrice. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is a reference to Benedick being like a target for a hunter, and that it is certain they will trick him. Don Pedro then describes Beatrice using the same qualities as that benedick had used. He says 'she's a sweet lady, and (out of all suspicion) she is virtuous.' Claudio then says 'And she is exceedingly wise.' This is interesting because they didn't hear benedick describe his ideal woman, and so this shows they know him well. This may be the main reason why Benedick believes them when they say this. Another reason why he may believe them is when they Leonato says 'She doth indeed, my daughter says so.' I think this may be another reason why because at the beginning of Benedick's speech, he says 'This can be no trick, the conference was sadly borne, they have the truth of this from Hero' This shows that he has believed it because it has apparently come from Hero. ...read more.

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