Outspoken, Defensive, Honorable
All I wanted was...
To prove to Beatrice that I have moved on.
To keep my pride.
To keep my freedom.
To live a Bachelor life.
To escape from Beatrice.
Then later all I wanted was...
Beatrice to love me.
To get vengeance on Claudio, in order to ...
Show my love for Beatrice.
And to clear the name of my love's cousin.
In the beginning of the play Benedick wanted to prove that he didn't need love, and that he could live like a bachelor for the rest of his life. He constantly tried to prove that Beatrice meant nothing to him anymore, and that she lost a great man. He tells her she is the problem: "It is certain I am loved of all ladies, only you excepted; and I would I could find in my heart that I had not a hard heart, for truly I love none"(122). Benedick says that he is loved by all the ladies and Beatrice is the only one that does not love him, but none of that maters because he loves no one. Don Pedro and others often teased him, telling him to be happy for Claudio, and that not everyone is a heartless person like you. Later on Benedick changes his views on marriage and he rekindles a love for Beatrice. Once Benedick found love his entire character personality changed. He was crazy about Beatrice. So much that at the end of the play, he accepts Beatrice's wish to Kill Claudio, just so she would marry him.
Impacting the plot/theme
Throughout the majority of the play, Benedick and Beatrice were arguing and insulting each other. It was extremely obvious to everyone that they would be a perfect couple. After the decision that Hero and Claudio would get married everyone had a week before the wedding. To pass the time Benedick's friends trick him into thinking that Beatrice secretly loves him, and the heartless man Benedick once was erupts with passion. Benedick says to himself, "I have railed so long against marriage, but doth not the appetite alter?... When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married"(239). Don Pedro told Benedick that no matter how wild a man is, he will eventually get domesticated by a woman. Even though Benedick swore he would get married, he could not escaped his feelings and love finally domesticated him. Benedick also shows just how much he would sacrifice for love, when he agrees to challenge Claudio for false acusations.