• The Title In Much Ado About Nothing
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    Much Ado About Nothing exemplifies a kind of deliberately puzzling title that seems to have been popular in the late 1590 s (compare, "As You Like Ito / oo ). Indeed, the play is about nothing; it merely follows the relationships of Claudio and Hero, and in the end, the play culminates in the two other main characters falling in love, which, because it was an event that was quite predictable, proves to be much ado about nothing. The pronunciation of the word "nothing" would, in the late 16 th Ce...
  • Don Pedro Hero Play Claudio
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    Each of the main characters in Much Ado About Nothing is the victim of deception, and it is because they are deceived that they act in the ways that they do. Although the central deception is directed against Claudio in an attempt to destroy his relationship with Hero, it is the deceptions involving Beatrice and Benedick which provides the play's dramatic focus. Nearly every character in the play at some point has to make inferences from what he or she sees, has been told or overhears. Likewise,...
  • Beatrice And Benedick Claudio Hero Love
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    Hero and Claudio represent an idealised love that was a very widespread image of love in the Elizabethan renaissance. With the introduction of Beatrice and Benedick, we see a very different picture- a love that thrives on conflict and tension. While Claudio says of Hero, SSC an the world buy such a gem, Benedick refers to Beatrice as SSmy dear lady disdain. While Claudio and Hero whisper sweet nothings into each other|s ears, Beatrice and Benedick bicker incessantly. (Compare SSMy cousin tells h...
  • Don Pedro Hero Beatrice Benedick
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    The plot of 'Much Ado About Nothing' is an elaborate network of schemes and tricks. This statement is confirmed throughout 'Much Ado About Nothing'. The play contains many examples of tricks and schemes that are used to manipulate the thoughts and feelings of characters. The major examples of such manipulation include- Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato tricking Benedick into believing that Beatrice loves him, Hero and Ursula trick Beatrice into thinking Benedick is in love with her. The relationshi...
  • Don Pedro Claudio Hero Benedick
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    Act I, scene IA messenger brings word to Leonato that Don Pedro of Aragon is passing through Messina on his return from a victorious battle. Then Beatrice asks if Benedick is part of the company, but then hides her interest in the news. Shortly the company of Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick arrives and Beatrice and Benedick trade clever remarks with one another, both professing that love is only for fools. Meanwhile Claudio, attracted by Hero's beauty, thinks he is in love. He asks Benedick wha...
  • Don Pedro Benedick Hero Claudio
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    William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is a play involving by deception, disloyalty, trickery, eavesdropping, and hearsay. The play contains numerous examples of schemes that are used to manipulate the thoughts of other characters; it is the major theme that resonates throughout the play. Ironically, it is one of these themes that bring serenity to the chaos that encompasses most of the play. The first example of deception we see is with the characters of Beatrice and Benedick. These two...
  • Bene Censored Hero Claudio Don
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    An Analysis of Much Ado About Nothing Written between 1598 and 1600 at the peak of Shakespeare's skill in writing comedic work, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's wittiest works. In this comedy, Shakespeare's drama satirizes love and human courtliness between two couples who take very different paths to reach the same goal: making the connection between inward and outward beauty. Much Ado About Nothing shows different ways of how people are attracted to one another, and how their rea...
  • Shakespeare's Use Of Trickery And Disguise In His Plays
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    Shakespeare's Use of Trickery and Disguise In His Plays Shakespeare uses similar comic elements to effect similar outcomes in his works. Many of his plays utilize trickery and disguise to accomplish similar endings. Trickery plays a major role in The Merchant of Venice and drives most of the action, while mistaken identity, specifically Portia's disguise as the " learned attorney's' representative, plays a major role in the resolution of the play. The first instance of trickery in the play is Ba...
  • Intensional Or Accidental Similarities Between Romeo And Juliet And
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    Intensional or Accident all? Similarities between Romeo And Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing! There are many similarities between Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet. Was this Intentional or Accidental? Even though Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy, and Romeo and Juliet, is one of his saddest tragedies, the two plots share many common incidents. Did Shakespeare mean to have these coincidences or did they happen by accident? In both of his dramatic works, the Masque is a k...
  • Is Don John A Credible Villain
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    Is Don John a credible villain? Don John is a believable villain because he is a bastard which means that in Elizabethan times Don John would have been seen as evil. Don John's legitimate brother on the other hand is wealthy and well respected by everyone. Don John hates Claudio because Claudio has taken his position as Don Pedro's right hand man. Don John even acknowledges his own evil and he also shows no mercy. Don John's character doesn't alter throughout the play, meaning he is only there t...
  • Don Pedro Play Beatrice Benedick
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    In the first essay, written by Jean Howard, the main idea or thesis seems to focus on the anti theatrical aspects of the play. The actual thesis would be Shakespeare employs anti theatrical discourse in a way that advantages certain social groups without calling attention to the fact that it does that. Howard takes a Marxist approach to the play. She looks at how the conflict intertwines itself and makes a constant reference to the social aspects of each of the characters in the play. Howard st...
  • Don John That Bastard
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    Don John-That BASTARD! Johann Kasper Lavater once said, The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and dull spirit at the same time. In Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, the portrayal of Don John, the bastard brother of Don Pedro, demonstrates the true meaning of jealousy. According to Webster s New World Dictionary, jealousy means resentful envy. Don John exhibits envy towards Don Pedro and his property and even towards the happiness Claudio holds. Don John s jealousy leads to the d...
  • Much Ado About 'noting'
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    Much Ado About Nothing is a play that centers around the question and battle between deception and reality. One first notices of the image of deception as we witness the masking and unmasking at the masquerade. In the play, most overhear discussions are deceptions. It is through eavesdropping that we see the true battle between deception and reality as we look at the subplots of Benedick and Beatrice, Hero and Claudio, as well as the comedy of Dogberry and his crew. The relationship between Bene...
  • Lies And Deceit Don Pedro
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    Lies and Deceit Can you recall, at one time or another, being approached by a good friend or possibly an acquaintance with these opening lines, Let me tell you what I heard. William Shakespeare s Much Ado About Nothing, is a play primarily about gossip. The characters are constantly overhearing or spying on other people. Occasionally they learn the truth, but more often they misunderstand what they see or hear, or they are tricked into believing what other people want them to believe. In order ...
  • Don Pedro Benedick Claudio Hero
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    Summary In the Italian town of Messina, the wealthy and kindly Leonato prepares to welcome home some soldier friends who are returning from a battle. These friends include Don Pedro of Aragon, a highly respected nobleman, and a brave young soldier named Claudio, who has won much honor in the fighting. Leonato's young daughter, Hero, and her cousin, Beatrice, accompany him. Beatrice asks about the health of another soldier in Don Pedro's army, a man named Signor Benedick. Beatrice cleverly mocks ...
  • Don John Women Hero Claudio
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    The playwright William Shakespeare wrote the play Much Ado About Nothing, and through his writing, shows dominant ideologies that were present at the time. Shakespeare allowed audiences new ways of understanding the human mind and behaviour. This play is a light-hearted comedy that travels through the lives of lonely people in Elizabethan England that find love through the seeds of deception. The life of each character is not fixed as they learn more about themselves or each other as events take...
  • The War Of The Sexes Beatrice And Benedick
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    In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, conflict between the sexes is a rising theme throughout the play. "The differences between men and women-how they relate to each other, misunderstand each other, love and repel each other, is a common theme in motion pictures, comics, television comedies, and world literature. It appears throughout Shakespeare's comedies as well, and Much Ado is no exception to the pattern." (pg. 222) Much of the conflict concerns Beatrice and Benedick, whose relentless d...
  • Don Pedro Hero Claudio Benedick
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    An Analysis of Much Ado About Nothing Written between 1598 and 1600 at the peak of Shakespeare's skill in writing comedic work, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's wittiest works. In this comedy, Shakespeare's drama satirizes love and human courtliness between two couples who take very different paths to reach the same goal: making the connection between inward and outward beauty. Much Ado About Nothing shows different ways of how people are attracted to one another, and how their rea...
  • Bene Censored Beatrice Hero Don
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    Much Ado about Nothing Title Much Ado About Nothing illustrates a kind of deliberately puzzling title that seems to have been popular in the late 1590 s (ex "As You Like It'). Indeed, the play is about nothing; it follows the relationships of Claudio and Hero (which is constantly hampered by plots to disrupt it), and in the end, the play culminates in the two other main characters falling in love (Beatrice and Bena censored ), which, because it was an event that was quite predictable, proves to ...
  • Another Much Ado Don Pedro
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    The plot of "Much Ado About Nothing" is an elaborate network of schemes and tricks. This statement is confirmed throughout "Much Ado About Nothing." The play contains many examples of tricks and schemes that are used to manipulate the thoughts and feelings of characters. The major examples of such manipulation include- Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato tricking Benedick into believing that Beatrice loves him, Hero and Ursula trick Beatrice into thinking Benedick is in love with her. The relationshi...