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sallynell | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2007 at 11:41 PM via web

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What are some quotes from Much Ado About Nothing that relate to this topic: Women were treated with less honour than men.

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted October 8, 2007 at 12:25 AM (Answer #1)

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Poor Hero takes quite a hit when it comes to her honor and reputation.  Claudio is quick to believe the worst of her, as in this scene (4.1) where he angrily dismisses her: 

Out on thee! Seeming! I will write against it:
You seem to me as Dian in her orb,
As chaste as is the bud ere it be blown;
But you are more intemperate in your blood
Than Venus, or those pamper'd animals
That rage in savage sensuality."

Of course, Beatrice continually fights for her honor, not in the same way as Hero; she is much more concerned about being perceived as an equal.  She has an uphill battle with Benedick, who in Act 1.1 has the following to say about women:

That a woman conceived me, I thank her; that she brought me up, I likewise give her most humble thanks: but that I will have a recheat winded in my forehead, or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all women shall pardon me.

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