Beatrice at the start of Much Ado About Nothing

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  • Beatrice- Much Ado About Nothing
    • Contrast with Hero- Beatrice's cousin
      • Hero is the stereotypical Elizabethan women and more typically portrays a women of their social class in that era whereas Beatrice is the opposite and defies the stereotypes of the time.
      • Beatrice is outspoken and confident whereas Hero is much more reserved and obedient.
    • Beatrice and Benedick's 'Merry war'
      • Hints at affection
        • "You always end with a jade's trick: I know you of old" -> She believes he as always done this, admiration?
      • Very confrontational relationship
        • Examples of insults
          • Beatrice to Benedick-    "A dear happiness to women, they would else have been troubled with a pernicious suitor.
            • Pernicious = evil, villainous
          • Beatrice to Benedick- "A bird of my tongue is better than a beast of yours"
          • Benedick to Beatrice- "Well, you are a rare parrot-teacher"
            • Adjective 'rare' shows how it wasn't usual for women to be so outspoken
    • Characteristic of Beatrice
      • Independent
        • Says she will never marry
          • She "cannot endure to hear tell of a husband"
      • Confident and fiery
        • Unlike Hero, she is happy to talk in man's presence (and even insult Signor Benedick), linking to stereotypes of the era.
          • Beatrice to Benedick- "Nobody marks you"


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