In the first scene, Beatrice talks to a messenger and Leonato. Shakespeare makes it instantly seems as if she and Benedick do not to get along, when she calls him "Signor Mountanto", which is very rude and suggests that he has a 'big head'. Even though she refers to Benedick in a negative manner, it is interesting that she mentions him before she mentions anyone else. Shakespeare shows this first sign of interest in a fairly subtle way; yet she obviously cares about him by asking if he has returned from war, this clearly being her first line of thought. In the first scene, before Benedick, Claudio, Don Pedro, Don John enter, Beatrice mentions Benedick many times, again showing that she really does think about him and is curious to know how he is. At the ...
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... saying 'Do not you love me?' there is a sudden relationship change again because he does know that she loves him but he wants everyone else to know that too. The word 'love' is a sweet example of imagery and has a concise style as to how he is saying it. Beatrice speaks her mind finally. 'I yield upon great persuasion, and partly to save your life, for I was told you were in consumption '. She is still denying her love a bit. Shakespeare has used a verbose style to match Beatrice's character.
As a conclusion, Beatrice and Benedick have changed both in their attitudes towards the idea of marriage and towards each other since the beginning of the play. However, one must note that they will never get bored of each other while they are having their 'war' so they are definitely a good match. Personally I think that Shakespeare is a feminist is much ado about nothing.
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