Discuss how the theme of love is portrayed through beatrice in the play much ado about nothing
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The theme of love i think is well displayed through Beatrices actions. She is a constrating character to her cousin Hero which allows for us to make a comparison between herself and the generalised persona of all women at te time, Hero.
At first we come to witness a childish and immature style of love. The type of love usually witnessed in childish environments as Beatrice has an immature argument with Benedick. She refers to him with phrases such as 'Signor Montanto' and hurl;s insults at him like:' a bird of my tounge is better than a beast of yours'. Also in thsi scene she refers to her quick views on love how she would ' rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me'. Therefore from the first scene in the story we can see that Beatrice is an indivual like no other. With a flamboyant attitude she loves to insult the men. Consequently this can also reflect upon her flirtatious attitude how through insults she finds happiness. Also as she states that she would rather' hear a dog bark at a crow' suggests how opposed she is to the idea of love. Where the metaphor of the dog and crow show a repetitive and ear-aching noise, a noise she is willing to endure rather than a 'man swear he loves me'.
Her negative views to love are continued in the following Acts. Her most important view of love is portaryed in Act 2 Scene 1: 'He that is more than a youth, is not for me and he that is less than a man, I am not for him'. From the quote given we can realise the paradoxial term she uses to decribe her to-be husband. Where she wants him to be neither old or young. This leaves the rest puzzled but simply states that no man can be for Beatrice. This feeling is again representing as Don Pedro continuosly asks Beatrices hand in marriage but is rejected three times. This allows the reader to see how negative Beatrice is on the feeling of love. Where at the time period any woman would have happily married the Prince Don Pedro but not Hero.
However as the play continiues we are introduced to Beatrice finally imploring happiness into the theme of love. In Act 4 Scene 1 'she is stayed in a happy hour as i was about to protest that I loved you'. This is her feelings of love towards Benedick. although she is tricked into the feeling of love still she cannot resist it. Beatrice shows how love can change a woman completley. From feeling in pain by another man proposing love now she is accepting it with her arms wide open. As a consequence we are shown love in it's true form. Unlike Claudio and Hero, Beatrice loves Benedick for his personality and word of love not for his looks solely. Therefore she puts her true love to a test as she proclaims to Benedick to 'Kill Claudio'. This aslso shows us that she holds high expectations within a relationship, which are luckily met by Benedick.
Finally by the end of the play we see a totally transformed Beatrice as her views on love have changed completley. From the boisterous and masculine Beatrice she has now subsided into the usual woman of the time period (like Hero). This is best noticed as Beatrice does not speak as much as she used to but accepts her marriage like a true woman would. Possibly we are lead to believe that Benedick has tamed Beatrice through the power of love.
Overalll we see a changing view of love throughout the entire play. This shows us the true power love can have on even the strongest of women in Shakesperian time. AS being love can make anyones view, opinions and overall personality change.