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Compare and contrast the relationship of Beatrice and Benedick to that of Claudio and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing.

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Overall, the two pairs have similar paths, but different dynamics within them. For both, their relationship is tested, and these tests are due to other people interfering. For Beatrice and Benedick, it is people trying to get them together, and for Claudio and Hero, it is people trying to separate them. Benedick and Beatrice thrive through the turmoil, and Claudio and Hero suffer and struggle.

Beatrice and Benedick, an older pair, have known each other for years before the play begins. They both share a distaste at the thought of being in love and of marriage, and have a harsh wit that they often aim at each other. Their friends, however, see otherwise: they see affection between them, and Don Pedro has a plan to get them together. He stages scenes between Claudio, Leonato, Hero, and a few servants to be overheard by Beatrice and Benedick. These scenes make Beatrice believe Benedick loves her and Benedick believe Beatrice loves him, which in turn makes Beatrice and Benedick realize...

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