Much Ado About Nothing: Pride and Prejudice Essay

1442 Words Nov 7th, 2006 6 Pages
In Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare depicts both Benedick and Beatrice as characters with one major flaw: both are full of pride. With the use of the masquerade scene, as well as the orchard scenes, Shakespeare allows the characters to realize their awry characteristic. By realizing their erroneous pride, Benedick and Beatrice are able to correct this and not only become better citizens, but fall in love. From the very first scene in the play, Beatrice is shown as a character who is very prideful, and very protective of it. Benedick's line "What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living?"(1.1.114) gives a clue to how much pride Beatrice has. Benedick's reference to Beatrice as "Lady Disdain" shows how Beatrice thinks she is …show more content…
But probably the most prominent characteristic of Benedick in the first half of the play is that he is gravely opposed to love. Benedick's declaration to Beatrice: "it is certain I am loved of all ladies ... for, truly, I love none."(1.1.120-123) shows not only that Benedick's ego is so large that he feels all women love him, but also that he is so opposed to love he won't love any woman, even though he may choose from all of them. Also, when Benedick states "I will do myself the right to trust none ... I will live a bachelor ." (1.1.235-237), he is claiming that he is so opposed to marriage, he will remain a bachelor until he dies. However, even with Benedick and Beatrice being so stubborn, two key events will turn them into better people. The scene that begins the change in Beatrice is the scene where Ursula and Hero, in Leonato's garden, trick Beatrice into believing that "Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely" (3.1.37). Although this trick seems extremely transparent, Beatrice does not catch on, "And her response, in formal verse, clinches the success of the manoeuvre"(Storey, 22). Immediately after declaring Benedick's love for Beatrice, Hero proceeds to inform Ursula (and Beatrice) of Beatrice's faults, describing how "Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes"(3.1.51) and how Beatrice "cannot love, Nor take no shape nor project of affection,"(3.1.54-55). Once Hero and Ursula leave the scene, Beatrice has time to

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