Explore the ways in which Shakespeare develops the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice
Throughout the entire play of 'Much Ado About Nothing', Beatrice and Benedick are the main characters of the play, although the main story line focuses on the characters of Hero and Claudio. This is because Beatrice and Benedick are both interesting and attention grabbing characters, they act like they are completely different from one another but in fact they both share similarities. They also seem to be the most modern characters of the play because neither of them to begin with like the idea of marriage. In the time of Shakespeare this would be seen as an extremely unusual attitude and view of marriage, especially for a woman. Both demonstrate similar attitudes towards each other throughout the play, which often changes between love and hate. They are also characters who speak for themselves and have an opinion about everything, this along with the constant wit exchanged between the both of them shows that they are in fact very similar.
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"(1.1 line 29), 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. Yet, she does so in such a way as not to arouse suspicion about her feelings for him, by calling him a name. In the first scene, before Benedick, Claudio, Don Pedro, Balthasar and 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.Other characters around her do not notice this, as...
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