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Shakespeares presentation of Beatrice and Benedick at the end of the play contrasts in many ways to the earlier appearances of the two characters For example they both still have thei continuos banters with each other and also a false image which they live upto in public However in Act5scene4 we witness changes that have occured in both charcters and it can be argued whether the two characters will ever recover their original sense of vitality This essay will look at how Shakespaere presents the two characters at the end of the play Although many changes have occurred there arestill many things which are typical of Beatrice and Benedick This can be shown by looking at ythe structure of language which is often echoed BeneThey swore that you were almost sick for me BeatThey swore that you were nigh dead for me Both of them quickly pick up on each others words and images almost as if we havea constant repartee between the two characters This is a feature which is present throughout the play for example in Act4 Scene1 BeatDo not swear by it and eat it BeneI will swear by it that you love me This could also be used as an example of the word-war which is also highly characteristic of the language used by Beatrice and Benedick for example-Act1 Scene1 BeneWhat my dear Lady Disdain Ae you yet living BeatIs it possible disdain should die The theme of language is very strong in this scene especially when Benedick says Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram completely contradicting his earlier remark She speaks poniards and every word stabs Not only this but throughout the play we constantly question the truth of the written word However in this scene the irony is that the feelings are true but the written word is not quite right
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