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This is a very shrewd question. Well done for noticing this tiny detail! If you think about the context of the rest of the scene in Act II scene 1, you can see that it is vital that the major...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2011 6:27 pm UTC

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Of course, the specific use of conventions would need to reference the production in which they were used to answer your question completely. However, I will offer some suggestions of comic...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2010 7:30 pm UTC

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At the beginning of Much Ado About Nothing, the male characters have returned from war and start showing romantic interest in the women. This is not a sexual awakening but a sign that now that the...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2019 5:48 pm UTC

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Antonio is a minor but amusing character in Much Ado About Nothing. He comes across as hastier and more playful than his brother Leonato. He is the one who first reports Claudio’s interest in...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2016 9:16 pm UTC

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Act IV, scene i of Much Ado, though it is a scene that is tragic in tone, does not belong, necessarily, in a Tragedy any more than the scene in Hamlet with the Gravediggers (clowns) or the knocking...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2010 4:15 am UTC

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I wonder if you are referring to dramatic elements that are employed by Shakespeare in Act I. If so, consider these choices of the playwright:Rather than including the war or any of the battle...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2007 12:30 am UTC

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William Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing is classified as a romantic comedy, but a somewhat atypical one, in that its setting is urban, and at times the travails of the characters nearly...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2015 5:04 am UTC

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"Claudio: Now you talk of a sheet of paper, I remember a pretty jest your daughter told us of.Leonato: O, when she had writ it and was reading it over, she found Benedick and Beatrice between...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2008 6:21 am UTC

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Yes, I think Hero is something of an archetype. It's one of those parts that, every time I go and see the play, I really hope the actress playing her is going to blow me away and make me realise...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2009 4:03 am UTC

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The play is set in the city of Messina on the Island of Sicily. Sicily belonged to the Crown of Aragon, a Spanish dynasty that was the most powerful in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Crown of...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2012 1:23 am UTC

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When figuring out how to write a letter concerning Don John, we can reflect on what we know of Elizabethan society as well as Elizabethan vocabulary.When writing a letter concerning Don John's...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2012 6:03 am UTC

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The play is set in Messina, Italy, in and around Leonato's house (who the text makes clear is the Governor of the town). The soldiers, led by Don Pedro of Aragon, seem to originate in Aragon (in...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2008 7:02 am UTC

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You must examine Beatrice's two mini-monologues that she exchanges with Benedick in trying to convince him to avenge Hero's slander: Is he not approved in the height a villain, thathath slandered,...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2010 11:18 am UTC

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Shakespeare explores, among other things, the positive and negative effects of deception in Much Ado About Nothing. On the positive side, Don Pedro, with help from Claudio, Leonato, and Hero, plans...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:22 pm UTC

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As is frequent in Shakespeare's work, many of the characters are easily fooled in this play. Deception is neither good nor bad in every case; sometimes it is destructive, while sometimes it is...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016 9:44 pm UTC

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That is an excellent question! I've read this play (Much Ado About Nothing) multiple times, directed it once, and watched the Branagh movie version of it too many times to count, and everytime I...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2008 5:49 am UTC

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I changed the reference in your question from "how your opinion of Benedick changes" to "how Benedick changes." Opinions are as changeable as the weather and endless in their possibilities. Let's...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2010 12:25 am UTC

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Act 4, scene 1 is supposed to be a wedding scene, but the actions of men turn the scene close to tragedy. The sociologist Talcott Parson says there are two types of gender roles in marriage: total...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2010 12:52 am UTC

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In Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Claudio, a young Florentine lord and war hero, is at the center of a number of troubled relationships and friendships. Claudio's friendship with his...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2020 5:43 pm UTC

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Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, and like many of his comedies, it is often considered from a feminist perspective. Its two main female characters, Beatrice and...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2021 7:26 pm UTC

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Claudio and Hero are particularly young. Benedick refers to Claudio as “Lord Lackbeard,” possibly referring to his youth. Claudio was attracted to Hero before he went to war, looking “upon her with...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016 5:16 am UTC

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In his comedies, Shakespeare very typically devices a plot using two couples that intertwine, instead of just one couple. One of the couples usually represents the the comic elements of the play...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2012 5:34 am UTC

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Obstacles to marriage, even for those who are truly in love, occur throughout Much Ado About Nothing. William Shakespeare conveys that love is not a sufficient basis for marriage, especially among...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2020 7:17 pm UTC

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These two plays are often considered two sides of the same story, the way A Midsummer Night's Dream echoes Romeo and Juliet or King Lear echoes As You Like It. Shakespeare's works tend to provide...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019 4:02 pm UTC

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Actually, noting is incredibly important, especially since apparently in Shakespeare's time, the "nothing" of the title would have been pronounced as "noting." This helps highlights the way in...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2011 7:00 pm UTC

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Dogberry is used for comic relief in the play. As the constable he is supposed to be investigating the case of Don John, who viciously set up Hero and Claudio, but actually he is fairly...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016 6:04 pm UTC

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Hero is presented as a very young, beautiful, innocent, virtuous, modest, and naive maiden. In fact, she is really the only truly consistently virtuous character in the play, making her the true...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2012 7:41 am UTC

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Don John is the prince Don Pedro’s illegitimate half-brother. When the play begins, the brothers have only recently reconciled. Don John is a surly and quiet fellow. He describes himself as being...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016 7:54 pm UTC

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LEONATO: You must not, my lord, mistake my niece. There isa kind of merry war betwixt Signior Benedick and her. They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit between them. This is Leonato, in...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2009 9:40 pm UTC

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As with nearly all Shakespearean comedies, one of the main themes of Much Ado About Nothing is love and can be explored on many levels. There is familial love--such as that between Beatrice &...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2012 9:14 am UTC

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King Henry V repeats certain ideas and words throughout the speech. The most obvious repetition is "Crispian," repeated 7 times, which emphasizes its importance on his final rousing line, when he...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2015 2:51 pm UTC

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In the very first scene of Much Ado About Nothing, Beatrice asks about Benedick, making fun of him to a messenger: MESSENGER: I see, lady, the gentleman is not in your books. BEATRICE: No; an he...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016 10:50 pm UTC

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Claudio tells Don Pedro in act 1, scene 1 of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing that he's attracted to Hero, if for no other reason that he has nothing else to think about. Claudio says that his...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2020 4:45 pm UTC

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Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing is a humorous portrayal of a society in which life is purely superficial. While charming on the surface, there lies beneath this society hollow values....

Latest answer posted January 23, 2014 12:05 pm UTC

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Borachio is one of the henchmen of Don John, the prince's evil half-brother. Interestingly enough, the name "Borachio" comes from the Spanish word for "drunkard," so we get the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2008 4:36 am UTC

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In Much Ado About Nothing, I believe Benedick and Beatrice have made themselves believe that they have hated each other, when really it was love all along. Each has taken on this spiteful persona...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2011 12:12 am UTC

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In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare certainly does portray a mixed and entertaining message about trickery and deception. On the one hand, Shakespeare uses trickery in this play to create...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2012 1:18 am UTC

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In this quote, Don John is responding to news he has just heard from Borachio. Borachio tells him that he was perfuming a room when Claudio and the Prince came in, wrapped up in an earnest...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2020 1:25 pm UTC

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In terms of pairings, the main two are Beatrice with Benedick and Claudio with Hero. The latter couple are treated seriously, with the two functioning as innocents in comparison with the wittier,...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2019 2:37 am UTC

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Leonato, who is the father of Hero and uncle of Beatrice, is the governor of Messina, the setting of the play. Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, comes to visit and is welcomed by Leonato. Don...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2009 8:38 pm UTC

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Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing puts in contrast two sets of couples, Beatrice and Benedick, who engage in witty banters that indicate their distaste for one another and for love, when,...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2014 8:47 pm UTC

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While this is an interesting question, to address what the original audience reaction was to this play is almost impossible to answer. Very little is known of Shakespeare's plays at the time of...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2009 1:44 am UTC

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One of the major themes in Much Ado About Nothing is cuckoldry. At the time Shakespeare wrote this play, cuckold jokes were extremely popular. Benedick suggests at one point that he's afraid of...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2018 3:25 pm UTC

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Beatrice does not defend Hero because she is a woman, so she asks Benedick to do it. Beatrice does defend her cousin, but not in the way you are thinking. She does not jump up and shout during the...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 5:56 am UTC

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The biggest contrast is in demeanor. Claudio is an emotional character, but Benedick is a rational one. Claudio is caught up by the idea of love, swept away by his attraction to Hero. He does...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2009 10:50 pm UTC

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While honor is a major concern for all of the characters in Much Ado About Nothing, concepts of honor differ for men and women. These differences drive the actions of several characters in the play...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2021 11:33 pm UTC

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Let us remember what has just happened prior to the beginning of this hilarious comedy. Don John has just tried to overthrow his brother and the soldiers that enter in Act I scene 1 have just...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2011 7:58 pm UTC

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Deceit, disguise, and concealment are all related in the play; sometimes the play treats these topics with humor, sometimes not. In any case, they all pertain to the greater theme that Shakespeare...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2007 5:36 am UTC

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The best research topics are ones that are debated among scholars. Observing the debate can help you formulate your own opinions and contribute your own argument to the debate while allowing you to...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2012 3:53 am UTC

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By the end of Act 1, Don John has made the resolution to try and double-cross Claudio, thereby double-crossing his brother, Prince Don Pedro. Don John is Don Pedro's illegitimate brother; however,...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2012 6:37 am UTC

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