Much Ado About Nothing - Passion vs. Reason

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Passion vs. Reason


Sometimes, when a man and a woman are interested in each other, they pretend to feel exactly the opposite. They hide their feelings of love inside and act like they absolutely hate each other. Being too proud to concede their love, they leave themselves vulnerable to rejection by the other one, and they continue the farce. This situation is often associated with relationships that take place during the adolescent stages of people's lives, but in Much Ado About Nothing these types of goings on take place between a mature man and woman. These characters are Benedict and Beatrice. Every time they met, battles of wit and words begin. Not one kind word was uttered between the two. Their love was never to be realized though, until they both fell victim to underhanded plots devised by their friends. Shakespeare comments on many aspects of love and relationships in his plays including Much Ado About Nothing. One of these aspects being Passion vs. Reason, is displayed through the relationship of Beatrice and Benedict. The aspect of Passion vs. Reason greatly affects the two throughout the play.

The notion that Beatrice was not fond of Benedict was conveyed very early in the first act. As news of the arrival of Benedict and company to Messina was announced, Beatrice immediately started to poke fun at him. She inquired as to who he had become friendly with and then began to say she knew Benedict to be fickle and have a new sworn friend every time that she sees him. This was the first clue to her distaste and also lets one see that she had some sort of interaction with Benedict in the past that left her feeling this way toward him. Soon after this scene, Benedict arrives and almost instantaneously they began to quarrel with each other. They kept on bickering and arguing, never letting the other get the last word in and never giving up any ground in their battle. For each, their cunning wit was the weapon of choice....