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Love Hate Marriage An Analytical Essay on the Relationship of Beatrice Benedick In William Shakespeares comedy Much Ado About Nothing the characters Beatrice and Benedick are involved in what could only be called a lovehate relationship The play is a classic example of this type of relationship and allows us to view one from the outside looking in This gives us the chance to analyse the type of relationship that at one time or another we all have been or will be involved in Both Beatrice and Benedick are strong-willed intelligent characters who fear that falling in love will lead to a loss of freedom and eventually heartbreak This causes them to deny their love for each other and it is only through the machinations of other characters in the play that their true feelings emerge When these feelings are finally acknowledged both characters are changed but the changes are subtle They are neither drastic nor monumental Both remain who they were before but now they the two are one They gain everything and lose nothing Whether or not their love would have bloomed without the help of their friends we will never know In the beginning of the play Beatrice and Benedick do not seem to like each other very much if at all This can be seen in Act I Scene I line 121-131 BENEDICK God keep your ladyship still in that mind so some gentleman or other shall scape a predestinate scratched face BEATRICE Scratching could not make it worse an twere such a face as yours were BENEDICK Well you are a rare parrot-teacher BEATRICE A bird of my tongue is better than a beast of yours BENEDICK I would my horse had the speed of your tongue and so good a continuer But keep your way I Gods name I have done BEATRICE
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