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 Beatrice 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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