Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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Describe the merry war of wits between Beatrice and Benedict in Act 1 of Much Ado about Nothing.  

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Leonardo describes the relationship between Benedict and Beatrice thusly,

There is a kind of merry war betwixt Signior Benedict and her.  They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit between them.  

In the very next few lines, we see this "merry war" Leonardo is referring to.  It is a war of wits as each insults the other through puns, jokes, sarcasm, and irony .  What is obvious to all but the two young people is that they are in love with each other, and their outward shows of wit cover up their true feelings.  The scenes in which they engage in this competition of...

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