How Far Can the Relationship Between Beatrice and Benedick Be Seen as Superficial in Much Ado About Nothing

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How far can the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice in acts 1 and 2 in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ be seen as comedic?
Comedy is firstly created in Act 1 when witty banter is exchanged between Beatrice and Benedick, this is first shown when Beatrice refers to Benedick as ‘Signor Mountanto.’ The use of the appellation ‘Mountanto’ implies that Beatrice sees Benedick as a farce, being over the top and flashy. At this point in the play the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick can be seen as comedic as before they have even met Beatrice is insulting him. Comedy is created by the use of the term ‘Mounanto’ not only by the obvious use of sarcasm, showing a clear dislike for Benedick, but also by the subversion of gender roles as in Shakespearean times it was very rare for a women to be so outspoken as they were usually under the notion to be ‘seen and not heard.’
The relationship between Benedick and Beatrice can also be portrayed as light hearted in act 1 when the pair speak and Benedick refers to himself as having ‘hard heart’ to which Beatrice replies, referring to herself as having ‘cold blood.’ By these comments the audience becomes aware of the parallel structure between the two, this is seen as comedic because of the fact that they are so alike and mirror images of one another yet insult each other so much shows a slight edge of humour as they are basically the same person so in effect can be seen as insulting themselves.
Comedy is also shown in act 2 of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ when Beatrice refers to Benedick as a ‘princes jester’ and a ‘dull fool,’ this insult can be seen as humorous simply because it is such mockery. However Benedick takes these insults personally, at this point it comes to the audience’s attention that as these insults are taken to heart it shows that Benedick really does care what Beatrice says causing there to be less of a…...

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