Much Ado About Nothing: Beatrice Potrayal Essay

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Beatrice is an extremely crucial character in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. She is one of the reasons that many plans and schemes fall into place to provide us with the outcome that the play finally reaches. Shakespeare depicts Beatrice as a very strong character who knows what she wants and how she wants to achieve it. Her characteristics of sharp wit and her ability to be acutely opinionated allow her to be a notable contrast from the other women in the play, whether this be in a positive or a negative way.

Shakespeare represents Beatrice as a very feisty, cynical and sharp woman during the play. We can especially see this when she uses her wit to shock the messenger saying, in act one scene one, that ‘he is no less than a stuffed man.’
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This leads Beatrice to view men as weak as they are not able to carry out this task that she would happily complete if she were a man. Whether or not Shakespeare portrays Beatrice as a positive or negative role model, he certainly makes it clear she does not fit into a mans world.

Beatrice is portrayed as quite a radical woman for her time. The audience witness her demand of Benedick to ‘kill Claudio’. She is quite irrational by requesting this, especially considering that just a few lines before they confessed their love for each other. Acting in this way allows the men of their time to think that women did, in fact, fit their stereotype of being irrational and emotional. However Shakespeare unmistakably shows us that in most other ways, she breaks the mould of the ideal women in the seventeenth century. One can see this by her refusal to marry, she asks what should she do with a husband—‘dress him in my apparel and make him my waiting gentlewoman? He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man.’ This may be Beatrice’s witty explanation on why she must remain unmarried, as she believes no man would be a good match for her. Beatrice is very unlike other women in her time in this way. For she doesn’t want to submit to the will of a controlling husband, although most other women of her time (for example Hero) married to gain status, and wealth, or

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