William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

The play 'Much Ado about Nothing' by William Shakespeare is full of

contrasts; two of the most prominent of these contrasts is how love

changes Beatrice in act 3 scene 1, and how love changes Benedick in

act 2 scene 3.

In this essay I will analyse and compare these changes and the

contrasts they bring about


Before act 3 scene 1 Beatrice often shows disdain at the idea of love

and almost goes so far as to rally against love as she says in act 2

scene 1 'If he send me no husband for which is a blessing…Lord I could

not endure a husband' here she and leonato have just been talking

about god sending her a husband and how glad she is that he hasn't,

she even refers to it as a 'blessing'; Furthermore she emphasises this

point by talking about how a she 'would rather lie in the woollen'

than have a husband with a beard on his face, but a man without a

beard is 'no more than a youth' so she may as well have no man, or as

she puts it 'he that is more than a youth, is not for me, and he that

is less than a man, I am not for him;'

On the other hand, at the end of act 3 scene 1(the scene in which she

is tricked to believe that Benedick loves her) she takes the complete

opposite approach to love, in that she will requite Benedick's love

for her and even talks about marrying him -'my kindness shall incite

thee to bind out loves in a holy band' this means she will, instead of

constantly ridiculing and mocking Benedick as she normally does (after

Benedick says he loves nobody she says 'a dear happiness to women')

she will instead be kind to him, and that this will inspire him to

propose to her(the holy band meaning a wedding ring).

'What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true?

Stand I condemned for pride and scorn so much?
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