My favorite of Shakespeare’s plays! I love the interaction between Benedick and Beatrice!
This play is just so witty and fun. It always makes me laugh every time I reread it. The dialogue is snappy and the plot flows along quickly. It is such an easy one to read because it really grabs your attention.
The characters are vibrant and real. I love Beatrice’s character so much. She truly feels like a real person to me. There is so much depth to her personality, and I love the way she tries to act all tough in public, but really she has a gentle heart.
The way all the characters interact is fascinating. Each person reacts differently to the others, and their dialogue shows their inner emotions so clearly. Everyone speaks to Leonato and the Prince with respect and deference. Everyone jokes around with Benedick, expecting him to always make them all laugh, never realizing that he can be serious sometimes too. Hero is quiet in the background, and yet she is a powerful presence in the group and everyone notices her. Her quiet steadiness and strength are felt in the background of every scene. Claudio is like a catalyst to the other characters. They either want to help him, or hinder him, or tease him. Everyone reacts differently to his boyish charm.
I’m always so delighted with this play every time I reread it, and I always find something new, some new perspective or detail that I had never noticed before!