How Does Shakespeare Ensure That Benedick's Conversion (From A Man Who Swore He Would ‘Die A Bachelor’ Into A Man ‘Horribly In Love’) Is An Amusing And Entertaining Change Of Heart For The Audience?

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How does Shakespeare ensure that Benedick’s conversion (from a man who swore he would ‘die a bachelor’ into a man ‘horribly in love’) is an amusing and entertaining change of heart for the audience?
Benedick is the character in the play that most fits the Elizabethan stereotype of the scared bachelor fearful of cuckoldry. “That a woman conceived me, I thank her” Benedick acknowledges women for the good part they have played in his life. “I will do myself to trust none”, although he still has a deep distrust for women. And so he declares, “I will live a bachelor”. Up until his conversion, he sets himself up higher and higher as a misogynist, only to make it more humiliating and amusing for ...view middle of the document...

Moreover, when he describes the ‘perfect woman’, saying “till all graces be in this one woman, one woman shall not come in my grace”, then when he decides he loves Beatrice, he finds all those qualities in her, something he had obviously never noticed before, which makes it funny for the audience.
Particularly guaranteed to make the audience laugh is when Benedick tries to justify his sudden change of heart. His reasons are so stupid and ridiculous “Why, it must be requited”, “No, the world must be peopled” (a truly absurd justification). To justify his saying he would never marry, he proclaims “When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live until I were married”. The statements he makes are entertaining because they are unfounded and fictional. The fact that he makes up excuses, or even feels the need to make up excuses, appeals to his more vulnerable side and attracts the audience to him, as well as being amusing.
Having turned himself into a smitten lover within a few minutes, when the new Benedick meets the old Beatrice, the clash of intentions is incredible. With “there’s a double meaning in that” he is trying to see what he wants to see in Beatrice’s words, again, using the notion of superiority the audience has, as a lever to make the situation even more comic. He tries to make Beatrice’s words sound logical, when, if you look closely, it is a hopelessly nonsensical contradiction to what he wants her to be meaning. Anticlimax is used when Benedick says “I will go get her picture”. Having been talking very philosophically about love, his switch to a short, flat statement such as this, is very effective. It shows how he is taking action on his newfound love rather than talking about it. It is amusing therefore that the first thing he wants to do is...

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