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  • Dogberry The Fool
    530 words
    How is Dogberry the fool or jester of the play? What is the significance of Dogberry's discovery about the plot against Hero? Do you think that Dogberry's ignorance is actually knowledge about life? Support your answers with details from text. ' Marry, sir, they have committed false report; moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily, they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves (5.1. 225-233...
  • Dogberry's Men
    465 words
    In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, there are many different subplots all taking place at the same time. There are several love stories, tricker ies, and deceptions. Of all of them, though, one conflict stands above the rest - the slandering of Hero. Don John and his men set up a plan so that Claudio will think Hero is unfaithful and therefore, will not marry her. The plan works, but in the end, there is one man responsible for everything getting straightened out - and that man is Dogberry....
  • Benedick And Beatrice Play
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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 16th Cen...
  • Jake And Hamlet
    1,436 words
    A hero is defined by Websters dictionary as a courageous, valorous man. There are many people in history that society deems or defines as heroes. An example of a hero from our past is Martin Luther King Jr... He went against all odds in his fight for freedom. There are fictional heroes that can be considered heroes as well. Superman and his antics in saving the planet are in many ways considered heroism. Many sports stars and actors are considered by many as heroic figures. Mario Lemieux won his...
  • Don Pedro And Claudio
    580 words
    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,...
  • Comedy And Problem Plays
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    Shakespearean Comedy Shakespeare wrote many plays during his lifetime. Some of his plays have similar comedic characteristics and then other plays are the exact opposite of comedy. Shakespeare wrote tragedies, romance, history, comedy and problem plays all with great success. During the performance of these plays there was no scenery so great time was taken when developing the characters and the plot so the plays would be entertaining. A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing are jus...
  • Opening Scene Of The Play
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    "This play we must call a comedy, tho's ome of the incidents and discourses are more in a tragic strain; and that of the accusation of Hero is too shocking for either tragedy or comedy" (Charles Gild on 1714) How far do you accept this comment about the play's events and language "Much Ado About Nothing" is a play categorised as a comedy, and written by the dramatist William Shakespeare. A comic play is usually accepted to be a light-hearted play with a happy conclusion. A play classed as a trag...
  • 2001 Dr Hay Type Of Play
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    Bad Man The Play Bad Man is a puzzling play. There are several reasons why this play is so puzzling. For starters that you have a character named Thea, who is feared by the entire Sawmill Camp and has been a major part of physical conflict. He is also a murder who later becomes a hero. The unique conception of forming a villain into a hero was phenomenal. Even though Thea had a lifetime of devilish acts, for the final day of his life his performance was sanctified. The lesson taught in this play...
  • Stewart's Radio Play
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    Douglas Stewart's radio play, The Fire On The Snow, first performed in 1941, presents the story of Captain Falcon Robert Scott's tragic expedition to the South Pole. In the radio play, Stewart skilfully positions the audience to accept the dominant reading of the play by showing the dominant discourse: that heroes' nobility depends on their action and ordinary people can become heroes too. Stewart also positions the audience by using the role of the Announcer as a mask for himself to give commen...
  • John Wayne Plays Ringo Kid
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    America's Hero Today, in American history John Wayne is connected with the cultural development of the American hero He embodied the values of that time that determine a hero. He was a hero who is strong and fearless. He was the hero who was beyond the law and civilization. He became a hero that every kid wants to be like and every man admirers. But most importantly, John Wayne became America's hero, fitting the qualities that America considered to be a hero, comparable to today's actors, for ex...
  • Shakespeare Films
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    "MUCH ADO NOTHING" MOVIE REVIEW Ado The film that I saw in class was called "Much About Nothing " was a famous play written by Shakespeare and later became a film in (1993) directed by Kenneth Branagh. The main character in the play and the actors and actresses who portray them are Beatrice (Emma Thompson), Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), Don John (Keanu Reeves), Dogberry (Michael Keaton), Benedick (Kenneth Branagh), Hero (Kate Beckinsale) and Claudio (Robert Leonard). The film is about a young l...
  • Tragic Hero
    288 words
    At one time in our lives there is a moment when we may think that of ourselves as better than someone or something. There may also be a point in our lives when making a decision may lead to an error in judgement. In the play Oedipus Rex, written by Sophocles, both of these characteristics can be seen in the main character. These characteristics are known as the tragic flaw. these flaws are like hubris meaning excess pride, leading to overconfidence, and hamartia meaning errors and weakness in ju...
  • First Instance Of Trickery In The Play
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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...
  • Characters Of Hero And Beatrice
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    Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare emphasizes the three major themes of marriage, deception and gender power. There are two visions of marriage in the play: the first one, characterized by Hero and Claudio, is a positive vision: Although their story is supposed to be the main plot of the play, they are two passive characters in love, ready to get married to one another without any misunderstanding. Benedick and Beatrice characterize the second aspect the matrimonial institution takes...
  • Hero And Claudio And Beatrice And Benedick
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    Comedy may be used for serious social comment. Discuss this statement with reference to Much Ado About Nothing. Much Ado About Nothing is a humorous Shakespearean play, following the conventions of Shakespearean comedy. Characteristics of the play such as mistaken identity, complicated plots, romance and various twists and turns along the way make it an appealing comedy both now and throughout time. The language of comedy is used as a medium to communicate serious messages, because of its audien...
  • Christopher Reeve
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    If anyone can be considered a hero, I feel it should be Christopher Reeve. Reeve found Hollywood stardom by starring in Superman. Unfortunately, on May 27, 1995, he was paralyzed from the neck down as he fell from his horse. After months of recovery he was able to come back to the world and appear at the 68th annual Academy Awards. His courage and never ending work with charities and fund-raisers make him my hero. Christopher Reeve always loved performing on stage. As a teenager he was in many p...
  • Don John With Don Pedro And Claudio
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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...
  • My Personal Heroes
    751 words
    Heroism What is a hero A hero is a person who shows great courage and nobility. A hero may be a parent, an athlete, a politician, a war veteran, or maybe even a teacher. The term hero is probably overused, but the person the term describes probably appreciates it. I m sure people don t think about it often, but if they did they would definitely want to be a hero to someone. My personal heroes are involved in sports; they are Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and Jackie Robinson. My heroes are not typica...
  • Intelligence And Risk
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    Terry Bradshaw drops back to pass, he reads over the defense, sees the safety blitz and knows the defender is man up on Lynn Swann. Bradshaw floats one to the corner. Touchdown Pittsburgh. Nowadays a lot of athletes are depicted as heroes. Terry shows all the qualities of a hero: determination, intelligence, and risk taker. He is determined to complete the pass so he stays in the pocket and takes a hit to make the play. He is intelligent enough to see the blitz and know what to do. He could get ...
  • Claudio's And Hero's Relationship
    386 words
    Shakespeare My first impression of Much Ado About Nothing is that it would be a love story. Although it is categorised as a Shakespearean comedy, I found the many "funny" parts of the play were foggy and required you to read the scene over a few times before you understood them. But then again, I had to read the whole scene over again a few times to understand anything. All of the characters in Much Ado About Nothing seemed to develop a personality of their own from the very first scene. It also...

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