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Much Ado About Nothing Links between Beatrice and Benedicks relationship and Shakespeares Sonnets

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Bavnisha Tulsiani Much Ado About Nothing ? Links between Beatrice and Benedick?s relationship and Shakespeare?s Sonnets. Shakespeare is famously known for his plays and sonnets, he lived during the 17th Century yet his work is still constantly being celebrated, analysed and enjoyed everyday. One theme that was clear throughout many of his pieces is the theme of love; whether it be obvious or underlying, romantic or lustful. The notion of romantic love is often explored in his sonnets; a typical sonnet is 14 lines in length with a strict rhyme-scheme and also iambic pentameter, it could be suggested that the strict sonnet form is an analogy for unwavering and timeless, true love. In contrast, in ?Much Ado About Nothing? the duration of the acts and scenes vary wildly, this could be suggested to represent the different types of love that feature in the play. Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare?s most famous comedies; it is set in Messina and centres on two pairs of lovers, Beatrice and Benedick and Hero and Claudio. In the very first scene of the play the audience can already see that Beatrice has distaste for Benedick and his childish ways as she refers to him as ?Signior Mountanto? when asking about his well-being. ...read more.


Some critics have said that this sonnet satirises the poetic and social conventions of courtly love, and many others state that Beatrice and Benedick?s relationship is much like this as they openly mock each other and their love was based on deception, even if their feelings for each other are ?true?. However, many people believe that the final couplet at the end of Sonnet 130 reveals that the love in the piece is pragmatic rather than sarcastic, William Flesch, a famous English professor considers the sonnet to be a compliment as it does not make false comparisons, unlike many other poetic pieces of that time. This view can also relate to the realistic and down to earth relationship of Beatrice and Benedick, have a mutual trust and respect for each other and recognise each other?s flaws however they both still care greatly for each other. During Act 2, Scene 1 Beatrice describes Benedick ?like my lady?s eldest son, evermore tattling? when describing him to PUT BENEDICK KNOWING HER FLAWS AND DEVELOP THIS MORE. It could be suggested that pieces of Beatrice and Benedick?s relationship are evident in many of Shakespeare?s work, especially in his romantic sonnets; in sonnets 116 love is compared to the North Star; ?It is the star to every wandering bark? ...read more.


signs of true love when the wedding of Hero and Claudio is ruined and Benedick challenges Claudio to a duel in the honour of Beatrice and Hero. In Much Ado About Nothing Act 4 Scene 1 is the first time that Beatrice and Benedick admit their true feelings to one another, in line 62 Benedick declares ?I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is that not strange?? He ends his declaration with a question because he has never felt this way before. Shakespeare uses questions in many of his sonnets; Sonnet 18?s very first line begins with a question. ? Shall I compare thee to a summer?s day? The sonnet continues to talk about how the lover?s ?eternal summer shall not fade? meaning her beauty and youth will last forever and in the final two lines of the sonnet, Shakespeare writes ?So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives and this gives life to thee? This is much like Benedick?s line later on in Act 4 Scene 1where he announces ?Come, bid me do anything for thee? Benedick says this in order to try and prove to Beatrice that he is willing to do anything for her and that his feelings for her are real. ...read more.

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