The women in Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet subscribe to Simone de Beauvoir’s “counter universe”. These characters have different behaviors and personalities based on the company they are keeping. When they are not in the presence of men, they appear to be much more liberated and expressive.
In Act I, Scene I of Romeo and Juliet, a tragedy, the Capulets and the Montagues are in the streets of Verona preparing for
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have felt so dependent on men for her well being; Beatrice found her sense of well being from within.
Juliet has characteristics that are similar to both characters in Much Ado About Nothing. She is independent in making her decisions, similar to Beatrice, but yet dependent on men for acceptance, similar to Hero. I feel that Simone de Beauvoir’s “counter universe” is more present in Romeo and Juliet then in Much Ado About Nothing.