Much Ado About Nothing Quotes by William Shakespeare
Kenneth Branagh: Benedick
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Sign in. Benedick : I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is that not strange? Beatrice : Kill Claudio. Benedick : Not for the wide world. Beatrice : You kill me to deny it. Fare thee well.
Love is a main idea in this play and is shown through the partnerships between Claudio and Hero, Benedick and Beatrice and also through the paternal love that Leonato shows for his daughter and niece. Claudio's love for Hero is often regarded as superficial. He seems to fall in love with her because she fits the model of an ideal woman: modest, beautiful and obedient. Beatrice and Benedick, on the other hand, are each in denial of their love and need to be tricked by their friends into realising their true feelings. Ultimately their love seems more real and true. In the end, both pairs are married and love is triumphant. How is love presented in Much Ado About Nothing?
There's a skirmish of wit between them. Leonato, Act 1 Scene 1 In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke. Don Pedro, Act 1 Scene 1 He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man: and he that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him. Beatrice, Act 2 Scene 1 As merry as the day is long. Beatrice, Act 2 Scene 1 Speak low if you speak love. Claudio, Act 2 Scene 1 She speaks poniards, and every word stabs. Benedick, Act 2 Scene 1 I will not be sworn, but love may transform me to an oyster.
Here, Beatrice refers to Benedick as though he were a contagious disease. Though she means to slight Benedick, calling him a disease reveals that she finds him difficult to shake, and has yet to be cured of this contagion. As she does many times throughout the play, Beatrice declares loud and clear that she has no interest in love. Her tendency to decry love to anyone who will listen suggests that she is trying to convince herself most of all. Though her denial is humorous, we can see why the ruse is so important to her. Beatrice defines herself by her independence, so the idea of giving oneself over to another would feel like a defeat to her. When the maid Margaret teases Beatrice that only the herb carduus benedictus will cure what ails her, Beatrice becomes defensive, asking what Margaret means by the joke though she likely knows very well.