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Text forces a reader to create a film within their mind, but movies allow the viewer to see someone else’s vision. Shakespeare’s play, Much Ado About Nothing, is written in Elizabethan English with very few stage directions or scene descriptions, which makes it quite difficult for the readers to grasp the emotions of the scene. Joss Whedon’s interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing, on the other hand, adds actors, music, lighting, and camera angles, which make the plot much easier to follow. The actors speak in Elizabethan English, which may be hard to understand completely, but the visual information and the gestures and body language of the characters in the movie demonstrate the relationships between characters much better than reading the play alone. One of the few changes Whedon made to the structure of the plot was that Hero witnesses her own “funeral” and her friends and family grieving. When Hero witnesses Claudio being truly penitent in the film, she has a valid reason to forgive him for shaming her; whereas, Hero’s forgiveness demonstrated in the play is perceived as weakne...

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