Who will have a successful relationship, Benedick and Beatrice or Claudio and Hero?

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Which pairing do you have the most confidence in having a successful relationship and why?

We already know that Benedick and Beatrice share a romantic past as she admits to Don Pedro that “[Benedick] lent it me awhile … a double heart for his single one.” Since they have had some sort of history together before the events of the play, we assume that they know each other quite well. Even though this previous relationship did not last, their love is much more genuine as both Beatrice and Benedick do not mean to fall in love with each other, especially as they “suffer love” for each other.

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At the start of the play, Beatrice and Benedick do nothing but continue their “skirmish of wit” and yet, they pay more attention to each other than anyone else in the play. When Benedick confronts a jealous Claudio during the masked dance, he merely compares him to a “hurt fowl”, and then his thoughts wander straight back to the hurtful words that Beatrice had said previously. This shows us how much he cares about what she called him and hardly acknowledges his friend, who was deeply upset.

They are easily fooled by their peers into thinking that they are ...

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