Beatrice In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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In Shakespearean plays, women are shown as dynamic individuals with potent messages about moral norms and just rights. Shakespeare presents his understanding on the “essence” of femininity through a character known as Beatrice in his play titled Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice developed her façade that is presented in the beginning of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing through, what is referenced as, past experience. Beatrice left her façade behind and expressed her true self through Hero and Ursula’s cunning trick that taunted her to supposedly marry Benedick. To begin with, Beatrice’s true self is a vulnerable one revealed through Hero and Ursula where she immediately is bound to the weaknesses and sensitivities of love. It would be more understandable if Beatrice in turn questioned these accusations with a harsh tongue. Beatrice may be rash with the concept of love, but she does so to …show more content…

In Act 3 Scene 1, Beatrice is overwhelmed with the thought of people judging her proud and scornful ways. Beatrice addresses this revolution by agreeing to leave her past self behind and seal this newfound affection with Benedick. Beatrice’s view of rejecting a man who will rule her with an iron fist is quite independent. In this case, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing suggests Beatrice was once in love with Benedick, but his title of lord and soldier of Padua negatively effected their relationship. In addition, Beatrice’s previous relationship with Benedick, as suggested by the play, developed this harsh semblance. This is the Beatrice introduced in the beginning of the play that immediately is categorized as brusque. Beatrice’s harsh characteristics are revealed to Benedick and the readers about men in her society. This is evident through her speech in Act 4 Scene 1 when she defaces all of the men in her society, specifically pointing fingers at Claudio for smiting her cousin

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