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The character Beatrice in Shakespeare's story "Much Ado About Nothing" has a variety of motives. One thing she mentioned when she was infuriated over the fact that her cousin Hero was wronged and falsely accused in this film; Beatrice made it clear that she was upset with the unequal status of women in the Renaissance society. She said, "O that I were a man for his sake! Or that I had any friend to be a man for my sake! I cannot be a man with wishing, therefore I will die a woman with grieving" (IV. 312-318). She had wished to be a man so that she could get her revenge on Claudio for wronging her cousin. Another thing that motivates Beatrice is her obsession to speak poorly of Benedick and her chances to updo him with insults every time she sees him. When she first saw him in the film she said, "I wonder that you will still be talking Signior Benedick, nobody marks you" (I,104).
Throughout the story Beatrice has developed from being scornful with an enraged affection towards Benedick to falling completely in love with him all over again. At the beginning of the story she once said, "Just, if he send me no husband; for the which blessing I am at him upon my knees every morning and evening. Lord, I could not endure a husband with a beard on his face: I had rather lie in the woolen" (II, 421). She was once thankful with the idea that she wasn't in love and that she would never marry; she would thank God for not giving her a husband because she claimed she wouldn't know what to do with him as time went on. Later in the play after Benedick has announced his love for her, she claimed to him, "I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest" (IV, 1937). She proclaimed her love for Benedick and that she can't protest against the power of her love that has developed for him once again.
Beatrice has an important impact on the plot and theme in Shakespeare's story "Much Ado About Nothing" in numerous ways. Back in the Renaissance time, women were expected to put up with the men's faithlessness and deception. Beatrice however clearly showed to the viewer/reader of this play that she was a strong women that highly disagreed with the gender theme in this time, that is why she had refused to marry in the first place because before she had escaped from the limits of a woman by not being a wife. She additionally represents how even the people who are most against love can fall into its grasps when most vulnerable. Throughout the story she would constantly announce her disdain for Signior Benedick but later on she also announced her love for him. She also affected the plot by protecting Hero and keeping her secret that she was "dead" in order to build her cousin's honor once more. She shows her compassion for family and hate for love; but she represents someone who is scared of love and how vulnerable it can make her.