In this play, Shakespeare pairs of Hero with Claudio and Beatrice with Benedick. Using quotes from the play, discuss why Beatrice would never marry Claudio and why Benedick would not find Hero to be as suitable as a wife for him as Beatrice.
In this essay, I am going to look at the characters of Benedick, Beatrice, Claudio and Hero and go into detail on what they are like and how they view love. I will also look at why Beatrice and Benedick have a relationship and why Claudio and Hero also have a relationship but then specifically looking at why Beatrice would not marry Hero and also why Benedick would not marry Hero.
From the beginning of the play, it is made very obvious that Benedick and Beatrice are suitable for each other and Claudio and Hero are suitable for each other. The reason for this is because Claudio and Hero’s character are very similar and they think in the same way just as Benedick and Beatrice think things and see things in the same way as each other.
In the Elizabethan times, Beatrice’s character would not be seen as a typical woman of the Elizabethan era. Beatrice is a very feisty, cynical, witty and sharp character who completely disagrees with the rights woman had in those times. Mainly throughout the play, Beatrice refuses to marry as she thinks she has not yet discovered the perfect, equal partner but also because she doesn’t want to eschew her liberty and submit to the will of a controlling husband. We know this because she quotes that she ‘cannot endure to hear tell of a husband’. This tells us not only is she completely against the idea of marriage, but she is also a very independent and determined woman. Beatrice can also be seen as a vulnerable woman in some parts of the play, especially when she hears Hero describing that Benedick is in love with her she opens herself to the sensitivities and weaknesses of love. Beatrice says ’and Benedick, love on; I will requite thee, taming my wild heart to... [continues]
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