Which character in Much Ado About Nothing would be good to write a letter to, and what would I write about?I need to write a letter to one of the characters in Much Ado About Nothing and I don't...

Which character in Much Ado About Nothing would be good to write a letter to, and what would I write about?

I need to write a letter to one of the characters in Much Ado About Nothing and I don't know who to write to and about what. What do you think? Who should I write a letter to?

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mstultz72 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Much Ado About Nothing, the two the funniest and most developed characters in the play are Benedick and Beatrice.  Their titanic passions, love/hate relationship, and gender biases regarding the institution of marriage are fodder for any good letter.  I would pick one of them and approach it in the following ways:

1.  Why did you hate women/men so much before falling in love?

2.  How did you react to finding out that you were tricked into falling in love?

3.  Do you think that Benedick would really have challenged and killed Claudio, all in the name of love?

4.  How will your marriage survive?  Will your love be based on words, actions, or both?

5.  Do you plan on having any children?  How will that change your attitudes toward each other?

You obviously will have to answer some of these questions in the letter, or advise the recipient on a course of action based on some of these questions.  Here's a sample:

Dear Benedick,

I don't know how to tell you this, other than stating it bluntly: Your marriage is a fraud.  You have been tricked by Claudio, Don Pedro, and Leonato into falling in love with Beatrice.  They planted words and ideas in your head that Beatrice never said or thought.  As a friend, I must warn you to discuss this with your wife and friends before Beatrice finds out and angrily confronts you.  This intervention should be done in public where there are no weapons or sharp utensils...

Something like that...Good luck!

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