Benedick

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  • Benedick
    • Wilful lord just returned from war
    • Against marriage
      • Benedick’s adamant refusal to marry does appear to change over the course of the play, once he decides to fall in love with Beatrice. He attempts to conceal this transformation from his friends
        • challenges Claudio, previously his closest friend in the world, to duel to the death over Claudio’s accusation as to Hero’s unchaste behavior. There can be no doubt at this point that Benedick has switched his allegiances entirely over to Beatrice.
        • His new behavior finally culminates in his public proposal to her, risking not only her refusal and contempt, but also the ridicule of the assembled company.
      • Unwilling to make a commitment to any woman
    • He engages with Beatrice in a competition to outwit, outsmart, and out-insult the other, but to his observant friends, he seems to feel some deeper emotion below the surface
      • Upon hearing Claudio and Don Pedro discussing Beatrice’s desire for him, Benedick vows to be “horribly in love with her,” in effect continuing the competition by outdoing her in love and courtship
        • 'Horribly in love with her"
      • "are you yet living"
      • "you are a rare parrot teacher"
    • constantly performs for the benefit of others. He is the entertainer, indulging in witty hyperbole to express his feelings

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