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What Impressions do an Audience get of Benedick from the Different Ways in Which he Speaks and Behaves in These 2 Extracts

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What Impressions do an Audience get of Benedick from the Different Ways in Which he Speaks and Behaves in These 2 Extracts? In the first extract, Benedick and Claudio are alone so the focus of the audience is on them. Shakespeare makes all the characters leave the scene except for Benedick and Claudio, which shows that whilst Beatrice and the others are more sociable and keep with the group, Benedick and Claudio want some time to themselves. This shows that Benedick does not like large crowds of people and is automatically portrayed as an introverted character. It is also an ideal time for Claudio to talk to Benedick about Hero because he thinks about her so much that the entry of their conversation is about her. ...read more.

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Love is usually associated as a positive emotion, and so he is depicted as a cynical character that finds other peoples' points of view as strange; while he is the eccentric one. Since Claudio asked Benedick for his opinion, Benedick is definitely senior and Claudio would like to have his approval of Hero, as he asks, "Is she not a modest young lady?" The audience gets an impression that Benedick is heartless because Claudio is so madly in love with Hero, but then they realise otherwise because Benedick wants someone on his side; for someone to be a bachelor like him. "Is't come to this? In faith hath not the world one man but he will wear his cap with suspicion? ...read more.

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He is still very sarcastic and somewhat childish as he calls Claudio, 'Monsieur Love!', but he may be jealous of him inside. Don Pedro, Leonato and Claudio all take part in the gulling of Benedick. Benedick's monologue afterwards has a definite change in tone and attitude. "They say the lady is fair; 'tis a truth, I can bear them witness; and virtuous; so, I cannot reprove it' and wise, but for loving me." His language changes to a much more positive tone and he points out all the good aspects of Beatrice that he never thought of before. His pessimistic old-self becomes optimistic as he says, "When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married." Benedick is much more open-minded now that he embraces the concept of love. ...read more.

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