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dannad | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) eNoter

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In Much Ado About Nothing, how does Shakespeare show  Beatrice's feelings about Benedick ?

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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted October 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM (Answer #1)

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The relationship between Beatrice and Benedick is characterised relatively early in the play. At first, they are competitivel and possibly spiteful of each other, as they exchange witty insults at each other. However, as the play advances, due to the actions of Hero and Ursula with Beatrice, and Don Pedro, Leonardo and Claudio with Benedick, who set both Benedick and Beatrice up, their relationship turns romantic, and in Act 5 Scene 4, they kiss. Although at the end, in Act 5 Scene 5, they return to their insults, suggesting that their relationship may not be as stable as imagined.

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