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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. "Benedick, didst thou note the daughter of Signor Leonato?" is the opening line; it suggests that although Benedick might not have observed Hero closely, Claudio obviously has. Benedick replies with very sarcastic answers, like, "Why, i'faith, methinks she's too low for a high praise, too brown for a fair praise, and too little for a great praise." ...read more.

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Benedick believes that women are untrustworthy and he mentions in the previous extract, "I will do myself the right to trust none. And the fine is, for the which I may go the finer, I will live a bachelor." 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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Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato (especially Don Pedro) are aware of this, which encourages them to gull Benedick. They use exaggerated lies like, "Then down upon her knees she falls, weeps, sobs, beat her heart, tears her hair, prays, curses - 'O sweet Benedick! God give me patience.' " Leonato is involved in the scheme, which makes it more believable because Benedick respects him whereas Don Pedro and Claudio are his comrades. Hero is mentioned in the gulling, which confirms that Beatrice must love him because her and Hero are very close. Deep inside, I think Benedick wants to change his views and the gulling helps him open his true self up. On the surface, Benedick seems to be a proud, sexist "professed tyrant" yet he really is a kind and sensitive character when he thinks of Beatrice. "By this day, she's a fair lady" says he and the impression an audience gets of him is that he is determined to put on a manly and proud front, yet inside he is quite soft and a little bit na�ve. Shakespeare cleverly uses dramatic irony because Benedick and Beatrice are antagonistic from the start, but everyone knows that they secretly love each other deep inside. ...read more.

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