Comparing Beatrice And Benedick In William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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In the play Much Ado About Nothing, written by William Shakespeare, it is thought to have a little bit of everything for everyone. It has the overly romantic couple of Claudio and Hero, that would be considered the predictable Shakspeaean couple and the couple that cannot stand each other of Beatrice and Benedick, that people see as their opposites. Claudio is an example of typical man in Elizabethan times and wanted to settle down, while Benedick was a player and had no intention of getting married. Hero is a dutiful and quiet young woman that knew she would marry because that is what women in those times were supposed to do. Beatrice however is very out spoken and just like Benedick she had no intention of getting married. Although the couples …show more content…
There are many instances where you can see that Beatrice and Benedick, and Claudio and Hero are very similar people. For example, both Beatrice and Benedick are straightforward and loquacious and full of banter. They also both want to remain bachelors for the rest of their lives, that could be because of their past relationship, and don’t see themselves getting married any time soon. Furthermore, Claudio and Hero are identical because they are both youthful and pretty much innocent and follow what is expected of people in that day and time where they are expected to get married. They both are very easily convinced of things, such as, Hero being convinced to marry Claudio relatively quickly, which could just be her thinking its love at first site, and being convinced to fake her death; and then you have Claudio being easily convinced that hero is cheating on him since he like Hero seem to be …show more content…
Claudio and Hero experience love at first sight and then Claudio develops a distrust of Hero throughout the play through trickery. It is sad since Hero seems so naive, and trust what she is told it was easy to take advantage of her and the trust in people. Then you have Benedick and Beatrice whose feelings of distrust come first in their relationships were they both got hurt but in the end they eventually will grow to love each other. This is most likely one of the reason they would test each other’s love. You can tell in the first scene that Beatrice and Benedick don’t like and don’t trust each other. Although, they are very effortlessly swayed into falling in love with one another even though they both seemed to mistrust each other in the beginning. On the other hand, Hero and Claudio fall in love at first sight and in the begging scenes about how much they love him;(she talks about loving him or who is they? This is confusing) Hero very quickly agrees to marry Claudio and whispers to him how much she loves him. However, Don John, the dastardly villain, effortlessly convinces Claudio into thinking Hero has cheated on him and has been unfaithful to him. You can then see how much he ends up distrusting her by refusing to marry her and calling her out in front of the whole church. This could because they decided to marry so quickly, or because they are both so naïve

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