How Is Beatrice Presented In Much Ado About Nothing Essay

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Beatrice is an extremely crucial character in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. She is one of the reasons that many plans and schemes fall into place to provide us with the outcome that the play finally reaches. Shakespeare depicts Beatrice as a very strong character who knows what she wants and how she wants to achieve it. Her characteristics of sharp wit and her ability to be acutely opinionated allow her to be a notable contrast from the other women in the play, whether this be in a positive or a negative way.

Shakespeare represents Beatrice as a very feisty, cynical and sharp woman during the play. We can especially see this when she uses her wit to shock the messenger saying, in act one scene one, that ‘he is no less than a stuffed man.’…show more content…

This leads Beatrice to view men as weak as they are not able to carry out this task that she would happily complete if she were a man. Whether or not Shakespeare portrays Beatrice as a positive or negative role model, he certainly makes it clear she does not fit into a mans world.

Beatrice is portrayed as quite a radical woman for her time. The audience witness her demand of Benedick to ‘kill Claudio’. She is quite irrational by requesting this, especially considering that just a few lines before they confessed their love for each other. Acting in this way allows the men of their time to think that women did, in fact, fit their stereotype of being irrational and emotional. However Shakespeare unmistakably shows us that in most other ways, she breaks the mould of the ideal women in the seventeenth century. One can see this by her refusal to marry, she asks what should she do with a husband—‘dress him in my apparel and make him my waiting gentlewoman? He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.’ This may be Beatrice’s witty explanation on why she must remain unmarried, as she believes no man would be a good match for her. Beatrice is very unlike other women in her time in this way. For she doesn’t want to submit to the will of a controlling husband, although most other women of her time (for example Hero) married to gain status, and wealth, or

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Beatrice is, without a doubt, one of the strongest female characters that Shakespeare ever came up with in his time of writing. Shakespeare shows, through Beatrice, how every woman should act in an era where only the men were even able to have control. In this era, or the renaissance time, no woman had free will; they were always told what they could and could not do, as well as, who they were to marry. In the play “Much Ado About Nothing” Beatrice has many qualities but the ones that stand out the most in the play are: her independence, her feistiness, and of course her openness to defy male subjection. From the very start of the play Beatrice shows her independence but openly admitting to everyone that she does not, by any chance, want…show more content…

Here she is basically telling her uncle that she does not need to married to be able to function on a daily basis. Her mind is like that of most women in today’s society, she believes that she does not need a man in her life to be able to be sufficient on her own. Another thing she also shows a lot throughout the play is feistiness, again, especially toward Benedick. One great example of this is when Benedick first comes back from war and her first remark to him is “I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior Benedick, nobody marks you” (A1; S1; L114-115). This not only shows her hatred toward Benedick in the beginning of the play but also shows that she can have a very wicked tongue and she is not afraid to speak her mind. Telling him that she does not know why he even wastes his breath by talking, nobody respects him so in her mind he should do them all a favor and just not talk. In the same conversation Benedick says “God keep your Ladyship still in that mind, so some gentleman or other shall ‘scape a predestinate scratched face.” And with that she replies “Scratching could not make it worse an ‘twere such a face as yours were.” (A1; S1; L 131-135). Feeling maybe a little insulted she goes to say that scratching on ones face would be an improvement compared to looking at a face such as his. She is very feisty and ill-hearted to him in the beginning because of a hinted past that they have had which

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