Women And Women In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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In the play, Much Ado About Nothing, I believe that Shakespeare was mostly conservative. A lot of the characters in the play had limitations and expectations because of their gender. Men were expected to be brave and honourable while women were largely valued for their beauty. Men hardly faced the same level of consequences as women, and women had little to no authority thus were rarely seen/heard in the public. Forms of entertainment in the Elizabethan times included cock fighting, bear baiting, beheadings and more. These events can get repetitive/boring over time. However Shakespeare’s plays are all unique and different, making them entertaining for everyone. Today I’ll be talking about these 3 following characters; Hero, Beatrice and Benedick. Hero is the daughter of Leonato. She is depicted as the ideal woman. She’s ‘fair’, loyal,…show more content…
He also shows the importance of virginity through how her father ‘disowns’ her when she is accused of being unfaithful to Claudio. Now moving onto Beatrice, the cousin of Hero. She is a sharp, witty and feisty woman and unlike Hero, does not conform to the expectations placed on women at that time. Throughout the play, she swears that she will never get married to any man, and that no man will ever be good enough for her. However as the play goes on, we realize that she is very much afraid of being vulnerable to love, and uses her wit as a cover for it. Even though Beatrice is a strong-willed and independent woman, she does admit she has limitations. After the wedding, when Claudio wrongly accused Hero, she told Benedick how she had a plan (to kill Claudio). Benedick questioned her if any person could do it, and she responds
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