I need ideas & emotions I should convey in a soliloquy, which must have relevance to gossip & manipulation in Much Ado About Nothing.I have chosen Beatrice as my character, and am planning...

I need ideas & emotions I should convey in a soliloquy, which must have relevance to gossip & manipulation in Much Ado About Nothing.

I have chosen Beatrice as my character, and am planning to base my soliloquy on scene 4, where Beatrice is shattered that her beloved cousin has been condemned as a common stale ect. The objective of the assignment is to show relevance and the effects of gossip and manipulation. I am finding it hard to put the words and emotions together, and I have to write it in Elizabethan which is even more difficult. The only experience i have had with Shakespeare was in jnr. High and it was in Drama, where i had little input in what i was performing. I would greatly appreciate some ideas on what i should say, what Beatrice would say in this situation.

 

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You must examine Beatrice's two mini-monologues that she exchanges with Benedick in trying to convince him to avenge Hero's slander:

Is he not approved in the height a villain, that
hath slandered, scorned, dishonoured my kinswoman? O
that I were a man! What, bear her in hand until they
come to take hands; and then, with public
accusation, uncovered slander, unmitigated rancour,
--O God, that I were a man! I would eat his heart
in the market-place.

AND

Princes and counties! Surely, a princely testimony,
a goodly count, Count Comfect; a sweet gallant,
surely! O that I were a man for his sake! or that I
had any friend would be a man for my sake! But
manhood is melted into courtesies, valour into
compliment, and men are only turned into tongue, and
trim ones too: he is now as valiant as Hercules
that only tells a lie and swears it. I cannot be a
man with wishing, therefore I will die a woman with grieving.

Like Lady Macbeth, Beatrice wishes to be a man (not literally): she wants the public privileges of a man.  Like Don John, Claudio, and Don Pedro, she wants the ability to slander openly without punishment.  She wants the ability to take vengeance without impunity.  She wants the ability to be believed by only swearing, regardless of proof.

Take some of these ideas and place them in iambic pentameter for your soliloquy.  Begin with a simple phrase (O that I were a man) and play with it.  Use anaphora (repetition) and metaphor (comparisons) to fill the syllable count.  Focus on a type of imagery, clothing perhaps, as well.  It is very symbolic in the play.

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