What does Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing) think about marriage - why doesn't she want to get married? 

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As Beatrice says to Benedick in Act 1, Scene i of Much Ado about Nothing, "I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me." (129-130). It is clear that she does not think highly of love or marriage. In fact, she does not really like men very much at all, and it exasperates her uncle no end that her wit and her sharp tongue seem to have the effect of driving away suitors. Beatrice, however, does not care. In fact, she declares that not having a husband is "blessing" that she thanks God for every day. She declares in Act II, Scene i that she will not marry "till God make men of some other metal than earth. She further says "Would it not grieve a woman to be overmastered with a piece of valiant dust?" (60-61). She does not want to be commanded, and she likes her freedom too much to give it to any man. Of course, later she changes her mind because her friends trick her and Benedick into thinking each likes the other. That, however, brings up other questions that are not pertinent to this one.