"There is a kind of merry war betwixt SigniorBenedick and her. They never meet but there's a
skirmish of wit betweenthem."
What does the audience learn about the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick in Act 1
Scene 1 of the play?
Points to consider:
What do Beatrice’s enquiries about Benedick before he returns suggest about her character
and her relationship with Benedick?
The audiences initial impression of Beatrice. How does she compare to the conventional
model of femininity for this period?
Why does Shakespeare allow both Benedick and Beatrice to use the Euphuistic style; bearing
in mind that Beatrice is a female.
How does Shakespeare’s use of Euphuism in this passages relate to the fact that the
characters of Beatrice and Benedick polarise themselves from the given social norms in
What can the audience infer from the line ‘I know you of old’
What does Benedick’s conversation with Claudio reveal about his attitudes towards women
and the expectations of society?
Write as a short essay response.
Use S.E.A to structure your paragraphs.