What are Benedick's main arguments against marriage in Much Ado About Nothing?

Benedick's main arguments against marriage in Much Ado About Nothing are that he does not trust women and believes that marriage severely restricts men’s freedom. Benedick thinks that the husband will inevitably worry that his wife is cheating on him. Because he enjoys the bachelor lifestyle, he disapproves of an arrangement that impedes men from socializing with each other.

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During the first half of the play, Benedick claims both that he despises women and that they are attracted to him. He is opposed to marriage in part because of his overall misogyny, which includes distrusting women. Benedick does not believe that marriage can make a man happy because he will always live in constant suspicion that his wife is having affairs behind his back. Benedick also insists that he is a confirmed bachelor, so he cannot support an arrangement that will certainly get in the way of men spending...

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