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Beatrice & Benedick-Lovers Or Fighters? Essay, Research Paper When reading Shakespeare it is somewhat difficult to distinguish what this brilliant author is trying to portray in his works. This is mainly due to the use of old English text and constant hidden meanings behind much, if not all of his material. That is why it must be understood, that when analyzing a Shakespearean piece it is necessary to provide clear and focused evidence surrounding a specific thesis. If it is not done in this manner, information becomes too broad and makes it difficult for any reader to understand clearly what a certain topic is about. Beatrice and Bene*censored* are essentially the main characters in William Shakespeare?s ?Much Ado About Nothing? or further, they will be considered the

main point of argument throughout this paper. As mentioned previously, there needs to be a clear thesis in order to analyze a certain portion of the play in focus. As it pertains to the two characters, Beatrice and Bene*censored*, which has to a higher degree, more wit and intelligence? On account of reasons mentioned later, Beatrice is above and beyond the intelligence and wit of Bene*censored*. In order to achieve a clear understanding of how and why each are witty and intelligent, and then to provide support as to how and why one is superior in that area will require much textual support and specific thoughts from that text. In the opening scene of the play the audience discovers that there was a battle being fought and several men are on their way home from the battlefield.

Beatrice, who overhears his uncle and a messenger talking, asks about one man in particular-who turns out to be Bene*censored*. When she asks this messenger about him, she doesn?t use his name directly, she instead calls him, ?Signor Montanto?. By using this reference she is without a doubt being quite ironic. Beatrice could be using this term to mean a move in fencing, which is an upward thrust. Also, the way she pronounces it, Mount-on-to, could describe a specific sexual connotation pertaining to intercourse. Either way, one cannot help but to think that Bene*censored* is of course on her mind and she thinks of him in quite a disturbing way. During the same conversation she attacks the very wit that this paper is alluding to. She says: Alas, he gets nothing by that. In our

last conflict four of his five wits went halting off, and now is the whole man governed with one; so that if he have wit enough to keep himself warm, let him bear it for a difference between himself and his horse, for it is all the wealth that he hath left to be known a reasonable creature. Who is his companion now? He hat every month a new sworn brother (98, ln. 62) By this Beatrice is trying to say that Bene*censored* uses his wit to gain friendship and companionship. After she makes this clear she remarks that the only real companionship that he has gained is that of his horse. When Bene*censored* makes his presence into the play he wastes no time in getting a response from Beatrice: ?If Signor Leonato be her father, she would not have his head on her shoulders for all

Messina, as like him as she is? (101, ln. 109). Here, Bene*censored* is referring to a cuckold?s horns (with that is derived yet another sexual connotation) and his aim is to have Hero, Leonato?s daughter object. Saying this will in turn provoke a response from Beatrice and thus, start a conversation. This remark displays Bene*censored*?s wit directly as he uses others to provoke and more specifically, ?egg-on? Beatrice. After this opening scene with the two characters, an onslaught of wit and intelligence is thrown about between the two in a dialogue that resembles that of war itself. Beatrice first begins by saying: ?I wonder that you will still be talking, Signor Bene*censored*; nobody marks you? (101, ln.112). Beatrice wonders why he is even saying anything because no one in