Essay on The Character of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing

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The Character of Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing

Many would believe this to be a understated summary of the way Shakespeare presents her character in Much Ado About Nothing because Beatrice is not just a humorous character but a strong role model for both Shakespeare’s time and for a modern audience defying social expectations and being equal to her male counter parts, she is the heroin of the play and even though speaking “all mirth” which would probably be expected from a lead Shakespeare role, however she is much more that that. Beatrice has the most depth to her character in comparison to other characters than simply humour. Thus the statement not doing Beatrice justice as she has the
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For this reason she comes across as being ‘a free spirit’ and equal to her male counterparts. Beatrice has more freedom than other women such as Hero as she is not shackled by a husband or a father which enables her freedom of speech but not solely because of this as she naturally has a free-thinking nature which contributes to her strong-minded character.

She even turns down a marriage proposal from the Don Pedro, because she puts her own beliefs before society’s expectations. Beatrice uses humour in this situation to avert from the seriousness using her wit to diminish the rejection of his marriage proposal and realises that wit is not suitable in all circumstances thus her apologising saying that she was “born to speak all mirth and no matter” (II.i.311). This meaning that it is not in her nature to discuss such serious matters as marriage (also that she doesn’t want to) and that she sometimes exceeds the use of the humour and uses it in unsuitable occasions. She also states “I could not endure a husband” (II.i.26), and ridicules the traditional attitude toward subservience to your father. “It is my cousin’s duty to make curtsy and say, ‘Father, as it please you’: but yet for all that, cousin, let him be a hansom fellow, or else make another curtsy and say, ‘Father, as it please me’” (II.i.48-52). This we can relate to more than an Elizabethan audience who

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