These lines demonstrate the way in which Beatrice moreover Shakespeare presumes with the use of the literary device oxymoron by contradicting herself after clarifying her opinion that if a man has a beard, he’s more than a boy; if he doesn’t have a beard, he’s less than a man. The contradiction of herself in these lines shows her feelings for Benedick because she expresses that she considers men with no beards aren’t men, however when she reconsiders the insult she had made towards Benedick she contradicts herself to convey that the outer appearance doesn’t matter as much as she had originally demonstrated. This proves how Beatrice made an exception saying she could live with loving a man with a beard since she realised that she had feelings for Benedick for the way that they think alike and it doesn’t matter if he has a beard or not. This scene is important since later on in the play, Benedick decides to shave off his beard: “No, but the barbers man hath been seen with him and the old ornament on his cheek hath already stuffed tennis balls.” (2.
1.) These few lines are demonstrate the love Benedick has for Beatrice because after finding out about what she had said about bearded men, the next thing he does is shave his beard. with the use of metaphor, Shakespeare uses and ornament to represent a beard which expresses how he finds beard a so called accessory.(close up paragraph) To conclude, Marriage, Love and Hidden feelings are being used in the progress of this play to show the attraction going on between Beatrice and Benedick through the use of literary devices and insults.
Shakespeare’s overall thought on love and marriage that has been shown throughout the play changes from completely despising it to finding it a way of connect two people and a version of happiness. Shakespeare, William. “Much Ado About Nothing.
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