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In Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare creates a vivid social structure of characters based upon different aspects of personality and standards The attitude of this community greatly influences events in the play and often results in conflicting and disingenuous events which embody the whole plot Shakespeares characters are often composed of virtuous qualities however these are neutralised by various personality imperfections and flaws The contrast and conflict between these different standards cause the materialisation of the complex social relationships between characters which also play an essential part in the plays plot The characters are very often insensitive and show a lack of regard for each others feelings which can result in tension and hurt However these displays of spite and tactless insults are not usually intentional and the effects of these actions are not always intended An example of this would be Benedick who is frequently a victim of such behaviour In the play he is both mocked by Beatrice the woman he loves and his two close friends Don Pedro and Claudio Beatrice uses her wit to mock Benedick and does so light-heartedly unaware of the offence she is causing None but libertines delight in him and the commendation is not in his wit but in his villainy Act 2 Scene 1 Lines 125-126 She continues to insult him with increasing unkindness throughout the play still ignorant of the consequences of her actions Don Pedro and Claudio start to mock Benedick after the scene where Beatrice has demanded that he kill Claudio Benedick clearly states his feelings of unhappiness towards his two friends however his comments are not taken seriously and again he is made to feel a fool He hath bid me to a calfs head and a capon the which if I do not carve most curiously say my knifes naught Act 5 Scene 1 Lines 150-12 These comments are not made out of spite but because of the incapability that
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