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With close reference to Act 2 scene 1 and in relation to the rest of the play, discuss Shakespeare’s presentation of the relationship between men and women in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and show how a modern audience sympathies might differ f

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GCSE Much Ado About Nothing

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With close reference to Act 2 scene 1 and in relation to the rest of the play, discuss Shakespeare's presentation of the relationship between men and women in 'Much Ado About Nothing' and show how a modern audience sympathies might differ from those of a contemporary audience.

Over periods of time trends, beliefs and morals change and develop within a society. In particular you could compare the attitude towards women and relationships in the Elizabethan times to those in the present day. In the Elizabethan period women were expected to be seen and not heard, speak when spoken to, and to hold the most upright respect and obey their fathers and/or husbands. However our present day situation is far different, women may do as they please, when they please, and with who they please. It is certainly fair to say that women now have entire freedom of speech and even freedom of action unlike women in the past.

Immediately it is apparent as to who and who doesn't fit convention in the play, Beatrice proves herself to be witty, outspoken, and quite unique which is an unconventional concept for Elizabethan audiences to have grasped. A modern audience

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