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Act IV scene i is a turning point for Beatrice and Benedick At the beginning of the play they both pronounce their desire to never marry However at this point in the play the two say that they are in love when unbeknownst to them they have been tricked into loving each other The scene after the wedding in Act IV scene i is the first one where the two have been alone together since they have both heard their friends talking The turning point comes when Benedick decides to stay with Beatrice who is helping Hero instead of leaving with the other men In this scene we begin to see how Benedick has begun to shift his loyalties from Claudio to Beatrice When Benedick pronounces his love to Beatrice by saying By this hand I love thee 324-325 she responds by telling him that he should use his hand for something other than swearing his love he should use it to kill Claudio for believing the lies about Hero and leaving her at the altar The sharp contrast between Hero and Beatrice is what sets this scene into motion Hero is a meek woman who does not challenge the rules of society Beatrice knows that the way that women are treated is wrong and she does what she can about it such as using her words However she needs Benedicks help in order to achieve her plan of getting revenge on Claudio for Hero Throughout this play Beatrice keeps saying what she would do if she were a man In this scene Beatrice asks Benedick to kill Claudio because he is a man She may love him but at this point she is only trying to persuade him to help her she is not thinking about her love for him The way that this scene is set up gives Beatrice the upper hand because she knows what she wants Benedick to kill Claudio and
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