Beatrice and Benedick by Marina Fiorato
Beatrice and Benedick say that lovers are fools, and they want nothing to do does the following quote indicate about Beatrice and Benedick's relationship?. View Test Prep - Much Ado About Nothing Act 1 quiz from ENGLISH at Kerman At the beginning of the play, what is Beatrice's relationship to Benedick ?. Beatrice and Benedick has ratings and reviews. This is an incredibly clever novel charting the entire relationship of Beatrice and Benedick, from Much .
I, i, As these parts of the first scene of act 1 clearly exhibit, there is a mutual interest between Beatrice and Benedick — well hidden underneath their shields of wit.
Furthermore, when Beatrice and Benedick meet in person for the first time, they immediately start a battle of wit I, ii, This should, so I would argue, not be seen as a form of aversion between the two, but much rather as an act emphasising their similarities.
Most obviously, this dialogue emphasises the witty characteristic of both Beatrice and Benedick. In the dialogue between the two, this is made clear: But it is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted; and I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart, for truly I love none. A dear happiness to women — they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold blood, I am of your humour for that: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.
This opposition is reinforced soon after in the play, when Benedick speaks to Claudio after the latter has told him about his plans to marry Hero: In faith, hath not the world one man but he will wear his cap with suspicion? Shall I never see a bachelor of threescore again? An thou wilt needs thrust thy neck into a yoke, wear the print of it and sigh away Sundays. I, ii, Here, clearly, Benedick exhibits his detestation of the conventional Elizabethan marriage.
For him, being married is synonymous with being a cuckolded husband, since in his opinion all women are cheaters. He substantiates this even further when he tells Don Pedro and Claudio: That a woman conceived me, I thank her; that she brought me up, I likewise give her most humble thanks; but that I will have a recheat winded in my forehead, or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all women shall pardon me.
Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the right to trust none. And the fine is — for the which I may go the finer — I will live a bachelor.
Beatrice as well exhibits herself as a misogamist and disdainful woman in her dialogue with Leonato: Well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband.
Not till God make men of some other metal than earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be over- mastered with a piece of valiant dust? To make an account of her life to a clod of wayward marl? II, i, Here, it can be clearly seen that Beatrice as well as Benedick do not only direct their wits at each other but at the conventional image of marriage and love of their times. Thus, another similarity between the two characters has been established in the play.
By positioning themselves as critics of the traditional way of living and loving, they also implicitly mark themselves as wanting real love — if any at all. Hence, within the first two acts, a mutual interest between Beatrice and Benedick, as well as an equal witty characteristic and a shared hidden wish for true love as opposed to conventional love have been established in the play, preparing them for their fate of falling in true love with each other later in the story.
Whereas Hero and Claudio are torn apart when they are misled, Beatrice and Benedick are drawn together through the tricks played by their friends. Knowing both good and bad, love leads to trust. Infatuation, as Scheff states, is thus much more vulnerable to outside influences than love In the case of Hero and Claudio, it is obvious that since there has not been any direct communication between the two in the whole play, their relationship does not rely on knowledge of the other but on mere liking of the outer appearances and on an idealisation of the beloved.
Thus, through little influence from their environment, these two infatuated characters are easily torn apart. In contrast, Beatrice and Benedick are brought together by the plot hatched by their friends and family. This, in my opinion, is due to the fact that in their relationship it is not the affection for each other that is vulnerable to outside influences but their bad wits. Wittiness … can have positive meaning as well as negative.
If, on the one hand, it can be used as a tool of practical reason in the service of emotional repression, distrust, and pride, it can also express a light-hearted playfulness, a love of life, that undermines the vices of proud reason and brings man into communion with his fellows.
When the couple is tricked, their friends strongly emphasise their bad wits, most of all their pride, in order to make them love the other. This can be seen very well when Benedick eavesdrops on his friends Don Pedro and Claudio talking about the invented fact that Beatrice told them she was in love with Benedick.
It were good that Benedick knew of it by some other, if she will not discover it. He would make but a sport of it and torment the poor lady worse. An he should, it were an alms to hang him. And she is exceeding wise. In everything but in loving Benedick. II, iii, Here, the friends clearly want Benedick to realise how proud he is and how his bad wit makes him look in the eyes of others. Why, it must be requited. I hear how I am censured: They say too that she will rather die than give any sign of affection.
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I did never think to marry. I must not seem proud; happy are they that hear their detractions and can put them to mending. O god of love! I know he [Benedick] doth deserve as much as may be yielded to a man. Disdain and Scorn ride sparkling in her eyes, misprising what they look on, and her wit values itself so highly that to her all matter else seems weak. She cannot love, nor take no shape nor project of affection, she is so self-endeared.
Sure, I think so. What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true? Stand I condemned for pride and scorn so much? Contempt, farewell; and maiden pride, adieu; No glory lives behind the back of such. And Benedick, love on, I will requite thee, Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand. III, i, As already stated above, these very quick and extreme reactions to the intrigues played to Beatrice and Benedick can be explained by the fact that in their relationship it is not their affection for each other that is vulnerable to outside influences as it is the case with Hero and Claudio but their bad wits.
Since — as has been shown further above using the beginning of the play — Beatrice and Benedick have everything that real love is based on interest in and affection towards each other, similar characteristics, and a shared wish for true lovetheir environment does not have the ability to destroy it.
In contrast, their pride and bad wit, which have served as shields for their true feelings for each other, are vulnerable to outside influences. In other words, the plot hatched by their friends forces them to realise for the first time that they indeed feel attracted to one another.
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Therefore, the effect of the eavesdropping scenes supports the claim that Beatrice and Benedick represent true love in Much Ado about Nothing. Backstory is great, it's what I was looking for when I picked up the book.
But I just couldn't b This book is well-written. But I just couldn't buy this backstory in terms of believing it could lead to the story of Much Ado About Nothing. What was up with making Don Pedro the villain? Don John barely appears in the story, and he's the one who's the bad guy in the play. Shakespeare's Beatrice is born to speak "all mirth and no matter" and there is a "merry war of words" between her and Benedick.
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Hardly any of that is in this book. Pulling Beatrice into the story of Romeo and Juliet as a side story was unnecessary and only moderately interesting.
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She winds up being indirectly responsible for Juliet's suicide. And her obsession with a character clearly meant to be Othello got tiresome after awhile.