Words Can Really Hurt (Much Ado About Nothing)

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In reality words can really hurt and sometimes even kill. It can be in many forms, such as cursing, lying or slandering. Although Much ado about Nothing is considered a comedy, speeches and words often take the form of brutality and violence. Throughout the play characters overhear false dialogue and battle each other with words. Shakespeare expresses it by defining the characters, displaying the relationship between them, and some issues can be related to everyday modern world such as love deception.

Beatrice and Benedick are perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous characters that use brutality and violence on their words throughout the play. Neither ever lets the other say anything without countering it with a criticism. One notable characteristic of their attacks upon each other is their ability to include a metaphor in their dialogue. When Benedick calls Beatrice a “rare parrot-teacher,” Beatrice responds, “A bird of my tongue is better than a beast of yours” (Act 1, Scene 1). Benedick continues the reference to animals in his response, saying, “I would my horse had the speed of your tongue” (Act1, Scene1). It is as if each anticipates the other’s response. Though their insults are biting, their ability to maintain such clever, interconnected sparring seems to illustrate the existence of a strong bond between them, which is considered as “a kind of merry war betwist Signior Benedick and Beatrice. They never meet but there’s a skirmish of wit between them” (Act 1, Scene1), by Leonato. The conversations between these two characters, do not really mention to be hurtful. One could conclude that the bitterness, the cleverness, and the sarcasm between these two are not used to really hurt themselves, but just because they are really in love, but being afraid of admitting it, they criticize each other in order to make it seem they really don’t like one another. And that’s how Shakespeare reveals the intensity between these two characters.

Shakespeare defines this...
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