Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice Character Analysis

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Much Ado About Nothing centers around the power of words, whether a character speaks them, or they are implied. Beatrice is an adequate representation of the effect that words and language can have on how others perceive a person. They also are a strong indication of who a person is on the inside. She overcomes and moves beyond the life that she is told to live based on the societal norms of her time by making herself respected and known through her wit and intelligence. By doing this, Beatrice gives herself the freedoms and the power of a man in her society, to a certain extent. Beatrice wants freedom, aspires to be intelligent, and creates her own forms of protection.
Beatrice generates her freedom from society by making an unchangeable
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She sacrificed her ability to express her innermost self while also preventing herself from forming deeper friendships and relationships until the end of the play. The freedom she gave herself to speak her mind and use her intellect allowed her to save other characters in the play. These qualities, used with her protective nature, helped many of the other characters in the play, as well as herself, in ending up with the right people. Beatrice is able to realize that Benedict is her equal and she is finally able to express her emotions when she feels that it is safe enough to do so. This extended time of not expressing her emotions provides them with more power when they are finally communicated.
What is the cost of this resistance to society and the world? Beatrice is a highly guarded woman in Much Ado About Nothing. She will not allow herself to settle for less than she deserves. Beyond the standard she set for herself, she will not allow men to decide her future, at least not more than they have already due to the inconsistencies between the treatment of men and women. What happens to Hero is what Beatrice protects herself against and deeply fears. Beatrice is able to break the mold that most women of her time fit into and this resistance and dedication provide her with a better life in the long

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