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It is believed that in modern day society, women in the world have the availability to become independent and stand up for whatever they believe in. This availability of independence is a new progression made by the strong women activist of today in order to proclaim true equal rights for all. Women throughout history have been known as subsequences to men. Aside from the recent women who have impacted society today, there have been very few women who have portrayed that same message. In William Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing he does a great job depicting Beatrice as the leading female throughout the play. Beatrice is obviously considered to be one of the few women who fit in that category of being resolute. Although it appears that the Beatrice is the shallowest of them all, beneath the surface reflects why Beatrice is the farthest from it in comparison to the other women throughout the play.
With the society we live in today, women, around the world are independent and are capable of standing up to whatever comes in the way. This is how William Shakespeare depicts Beatrice in the play Much Ado about Nothing. In the play, Beatrice and the other female's characters are far apart from each other with their personalities and images. Shakespeare presents these women in Much Ado about Nothing according to their role and time period. Although, Shakespeare saw that Beatrice and the other female characters are different to each other, they also show the shallowness and emptiness in which they are portrayed in the book.
Benedict described the women as a "wise or I' none virtuous"; this idea that Benedict stated shows how the women are displayed to him. The wisest of them all is Beatrice, who is a young but quite old lady, She is of a high status despite she is an orphan. She has an uncle who is a governor. In addition, she is the only strong willed woman, who is unmarried. She is also the only woman who speaks with authority and mockingly to the men. For example, "just so much as you may take upon a knifes point, and choke a daw withal. You have no stomach, signior: fare you well" (act 2, scene 3, pg 30). This is what Beatrice was saying to Benedict when they had a moment alone time to talk with each other. With that, Beatrice is stating that how cruel and mean a woman can be in the play. Another prime example of shallowness is when Beatrice said to Benedict "Against my will I am sent to bid you come in to dinner" (Act 2, Scene3, pg30). With this giving quote, Beatrice is showing no respect to Benedict and tries to mock him by telling him that she was force to get him to go to dinner. Lastly, one must admire Beatrice because she speaks boldly and with authority and she has control over herself. In addition, one must also believe she is the hero in this play.
Although, Beatrice is the strong alpha female of the play, the other characters Hero, Margaret and Ursula show a great deal devilish traits. First off, Hero's character comes from a high status family. She is emotionally weak and she is indeed unmarried. In act 3, Hero was surprised and disappointed about Claudio statement on what he said to Hero on there wedding day. Claudio said, "O, What men dare do! What men may do! What men daily do, not knowing what they may do?"(Act 4 scene1 pg47).Basically, Claudio was saying that Hero is whore and she has been sleeping around everywhere but Hero knew she was innocent and that was all false accusation. She said "they know they do accuse me, I know none"(Act 4, scene 1 pg 52). Unfurtunately, for Hero, her father believed Claudio and Don Pedro false accusation about his daughter. This makes sense because this shows how bitter and empty that Claudio and Hero are. Another character that is similar to Hero is Margaret. Margaret is of low status, she is a young woman that is also unmarried. She is not only a servant but neither is she in the social standards with Hero or Beatrice. The only flaw she had is when she allowed Broachio to have sex with her in Hero's room, wearing hero's dress by the window side. This may have caused shallowness and emptiness between the characters and the idea that Claudio thought on his wedding day. Lastly, Ursula is one of Hero's servant. She planed with Hero to trick Beatrice into loving Benedict. This clearly shows the devilish idea that these women have in this play. Overall, Shakespeare presents the women as the weakness link in the play they had less control over themselves. This caused the shallowness characters between each of the characters.
Shakespeare portrays women quite accurately in his play "Much ado About Nothing", as all the female characters have widely varied personalities. With this idea, Beatrice is the most evil person in the play because she does not care of mocking men. She is an independent woman and could able to take care of herself. While the rest of the characters in the play have their own way on being female versions of the devils. The most obvious comparison is the sharp contrasts between Hero and Beatrice in comparison to women during the play. Hero is the typical example of a woman during the Shakespearean period. Hero is depicted in the play as a morally upright woman of good keep and she seem to be a very loving and she is a warm person in comparison to her cousin Beatrice. However, Claudio draws her out to be a whore at her own expense on her wedding day. Beatrice is the heroine of the play; she possesses a quick wit and a quick tongue. Beatrice does have the same warm and loving personality as her cousin however, she constantly makes fun of other individuals. Beatrice is not a typical woman of the Shakespearean period. With this, one can conclude that these women are portrayed differently.
Even thou that the characters from the play are portrayed differently. One must believe that they share similar devilish ways. This makes them shallow and empty to the characters in the play. Although, women should be sweet and innocent, they should also have a little devil inside of them.