Much Ado About Nothing Quotes by William Shakespeare
'Much Ado About Nothing': Act 1 Scene 1 Analysis
Much Ado About Nothing Quotes
Here, Beatrice refers to Benedick as though he were a contagious disease. Though she means to slight Benedick, calling him a disease reveals that she finds him difficult to shake, and has yet to be cured of this contagion. As she does many times throughout the play, Beatrice declares loud and clear that she has no interest in love. Her tendency to decry love to anyone who will listen suggests that she is trying to convince herself most of all. Though her denial is humorous, we can see why the ruse is so important to her. Beatrice defines herself by her independence, so the idea of giving oneself over to another would feel like a defeat to her. When the maid Margaret teases Beatrice that only the herb carduus benedictus will cure what ails her, Beatrice becomes defensive, asking what Margaret means by the joke though she likely knows very well.
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