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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing is clearly a classic comedy; lots of wit, puns, a group of stupid characters (Dogberry and the Watch) and although there are complications during the middle Acts, everything turns out right in the end. The first scene contains a lot of witty jokes and uses puns to show that right from the start of the play it is a comedy. Messenger: 'And a good soldier too, lady.' Beatrice: 'And a good soldier to a lady.' Beatrice and Benedick appear to have a 'teasing relationship'....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy about deception. In this play we discover that there are different types of deception: - good deception and bad deception. Good deception is deception based on good intentions and the outcome is constructive. Bad deception is deception based on bad intentions and the outcome is destructive. The whole of Act IV Scene I is based, entirely, on deception and deceptive plots that were laid earlier on in the play....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing is set in the Elizabethan era, in a town called Messina. The play is about two main characters that fall in love and decide to marry, but their happiness is short lived when a friend's brother decides to play a trick on them, and it all goes horribly wrong....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing * Extract from Act 2 Scene 1 * Line Antonio: Well, niece I trust you’ll be ruled 43 by your father. 44 Beatrice: Yes faith, it is my cousin’s duty to make 45 curtsy, and say, father as it please you. 46 Does this extract reflect Shakespeare’s presentation of women in the play, and what is your response to this presentation 400 years later....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- In Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare depicts both Benedick and Beatrice as characters with one major flaw: both are full of pride. With the use of the masquerade scene, as well as the orchard scenes, Shakespeare allows the characters to realize their awry characteristic. By realizing their erroneous pride, Benedick and Beatrice are able to correct this and not only become better citizens, but fall in love. From the very first scene in the play, Beatrice is shown as a character who is very prideful, and very protective of it....   [tags: Shakespeare]

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Act IV is the "crucial" scene whereby the two young lovers should marry; yet by the foul intrigue and planning of the Bastard John, are cruelly separated in a public display of her humiliation. Further more, the other "couple" in this play of comic mystery, finally declare their love for each other face to face. Two plans resulting from each of the two events are firstly, that Hero should be reported dead from grief, in order to establish the truth, and, secondly, that Benedick should challenge Claudio to a duel....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing There are a few things that a Shakespearean audience would expect from a play in his romantic comedy genre. One of these expectations would be that of a light-hearted plot, with small confusions to push the story along its course. The play is helped with a pleasant setting of Messina, 'where honeysuckles ripened by the sun' However, due to lack of props, stage qualities and modern technology Shakespeare would have to create the setting in his words using imagery, through the dialogue of his characters....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- Sometimes, when a man and a woman are interested in each other, they pretend to feel exactly the opposite. They hide their feelings of love inside and act like they absolutely hate each other. Being too proud to concede their love, they leave themselves vulnerable to rejection by the other one, and they continue the farce. This situation is often associated with relationships that take place during the adolescent stages of people&#8217;s lives, but in Much Ado About Nothing these types of goings on take place between a mature man and woman....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Pride And Prejudice And A Streetcar Named Desire

- “Love can often lead to the creation of an ‘Outsider’.” Say to what extent you agree with this statement by comparing and contrasting Much Ado About Nothing, Pride and Prejudice and A Streetcar Named Desire. When discussing the notion that “Love can often lead to the creation of an ‘Outsider’." there are cases in our literary examples that would agree with the statement, and some that would not. Outsiders in Much Ado About Nothing, Pride and Prejudice and A Streetcar Named Desire are created by both love and other themes, whether it be class, power, disinterest or a scandal....   [tags: Love, Pride and Prejudice, Much Ado About Nothing]

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The Importance of the Plot in Shakespeare’s Works

- Children these days are always told that they have their own talents; they just have to search for them. However some talents people aren’t born with, they are learned. When it comes to writing skills, there are three important qualities. Content, characters, and plot development. Due to creativity, content is fairly easy to come by. Once a person has decided what they’re going to write, characters are just a matter of imagination. Yet, the development of the plot is a hard process. The way in which the plot is developed shows the intent of the writer....   [tags: king lear, much ado about nothing]

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How Does Shakespeare Introduce and Develop the Characters of Beatrice and Benedick?

- Much ado about nothing was written by William Shakespeare in 1595.It is about relationships, love, deceive and hatred. Benedick (one of the main character) enjoys speaking his mind in a witty argument with Hero’s cousin and companion, Beatrice. Beatrice is also like Benedick. She is an Elizabethan feminist who is strong; she speaks her mind and lets everyone (including Benedick) know exactly what she thinks of Benedick. Shakespeare has created another couple who is totally the opposite of Beatrice and Benedick....   [tags: Much Ado About Nothing play, character analysis]

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Elizabethan Comedy

- Do you like a good laugh. Elizabethan Comedy is the place to look. Full of puns and jokes plays like Much Ado About Nothing are sure to make you laugh. While their comedies were funny, the time period was a very serious. Even this did not stop the people of this era from having a laugh once in a while. Elizabethan era theatre, specifically Much Ado About Nothing, is still remembered today because it influenced theatre for future generations. This time was ruled by Queen Elizabeth who “was extremely fond of theatre” (Benson 169)....   [tags: Much Ado About Nothing]

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Much Ado About Nothing - Summary

- Act I, scene I A 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 what he thinks of the lady, but Benedick only rails against marriage and womankind....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Recurring Theme of Conflict in Relationships Throughout Much Ado About Nothing, Wuthering Heights, and A Streetcar Named Desire

- The writers of Much Ado about Nothing, Wuthering Heights, and A Streetcar Named Desire all incorporate conflict in relationships as reoccurring theme in their texts. There are a number of different forms of relationships in the texts such as marital, romantic and family relationships and they are all presented with complexity by the authors as their opinions on the subject matter will be influenced differently due to the era they live in and their personal experiences. For example, in Much Ado about Nothing marriage is a means of creating a happy ending which is typical in Shakespearean plays but it is also a means of social advancement similarly to Wuthering Heights where couples married to...   [tags: marriage, parents, abandonment]

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A Compare/Contrast Analysis of Plot Development Between Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear

- Shakespeare’s dramatic theatre performances have long endured the test of time. His tales of love and loss, and even some history, make a reader think about events in their own life and what they wish to accomplish in life. Though written for the stage, Shakespeare’s plays have life lessons that readers of the great works can take put into effect in their own lives. Some may say that his plays are out dated, and are something of the past; though they were written in the 1600’s, they have morals and themes that can apply to life....   [tags: literary analysis, shakespeare]

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Romantic Love as the Center of Conflict in A Streetcar Named Desire, Wuthering and Much Ado about Nothing

- Romantic love is the centre of conflict and takes many forms in A Streetcar Named Desire, Wuthering and Much Ado about Nothing. Despite these three texts being of different genres they present romance similarly. In A Streetcar Named Desire, the audience perceive that Stanley’s and Stella’s relationship is mostly based on physical attraction. We recognise this when Stanley says that he wants to get rid of Blanche so that he and Stella “can make noise in the night” without Blanche “behind the curtains to hear us!” the staging her demonstrates that there is no privacy in their small apartment as the only barrier between Stanley and Blanch is “the curtain”, this would create the effect of claust...   [tags: physical, emotions, relationships]

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William Shakespeare 's A Midsummer Night 's Dream And Much Ado About Nothing

- Shakespeare meaning of friendship is somewhat similar to our definition today; a relationship that involves affectionate companionship. He does a good job at involving strong, complex same-sex friendships while the main plots of both A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing consist of marriage of the opposite sex. The plays are similar in the aspect that the relationships are strong to begin with and that there are some outside forces that get in the way to try and destroy or disrupt those relationships....   [tags: Friendship, Interpersonal relationship, Love]

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William Shakespeare 's Much Ado About Nothing And Henry Vi Part II

- Much To Do About Women, Men and Rank Shakespeare at its core is all about an open mind. Many issues are open for discussion within his plays, and sonnets, whether it be a discussion on the issues regarding, politics, romance, reputation, honor and even redemption. However, I would like to specially discuss the roles of gender in not one but two of his plays. Much Ado About Nothing and Henry VI Part II. In comparing and contrasting these two plays I found that weak Claudio and Witty Benedick almost seem like saviors compared to the notorious grime of the streets, aging knights such as Falstaff and Justices such as Shallow and Silence....   [tags: Gender role, Woman, Gender, Love]

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Gender Sterotypes defined by Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare’s writing reflected and at times emphasized the gender oriented stereotypical roles and responsibilities of the English Renaissance. However, many Shakespearean characters including Benedick and Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing challenged the standard image and characteristics of men and women. During the Renaissance period, males were seen as the leaders of society who were supposed to be the decision makers and breadwinners for their families. Men were regarded as the biologically, physically, mentally, economically, and politically superior gender compared to women....   [tags: society, man, woman, characteristics]

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Comparing and Contrasting the Relationships of Beatrice and Benedick, and Hero and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing

- In Shakespeare’s play, Much Ado About Nothing, written in the early 15th century, the relationships between Benedick and Beatrice and Hero and Claudio are the key to the play and create a lot of tension and comedy. The two relationships are interesting in different ways, and this essay will explore this in terms of the language used, the plot, characterisation and how the two relationships stand thematically. Beatrice and Benedick are interesting due to Shakespeare’s use of language. Confusion is created as to whether they love or hate each other owing to their snide comments, such as Beatrice’s response “A bird of my tongue is better than a beast of yours” (1.1.104), notably continuing the...   [tags: shakespeare, Analytical Essay]

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The Influence of Commedia dell’arte on Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- The Influence of Commedia dell’arte on Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Commedia dell’arte had great influence of Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing”. This form of theatre shows many comparisons to the Shakespearian comedy. Commedia dell’arte created elements within a comedy that became standards across comedic literature. Love, deception, matters of out witting one another and jealousy are components that make up the back bone to a comedy....   [tags: Papers]

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The Role of Love in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- The Role of Love in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The role of romantic love plays a central part in the plot of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The way in which each character embraces the emotion shows a great deal about who they are, as well as the time in which they lived. Love, as defined by Shakespeare's characters, differs greatly from my own definition. However, the changeable nature of the emotion itself is what allows Claudio, Hero, Bene*censored*, and Beatrice to interact in a way that is both comical and entertaining....   [tags: Papers]

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The Presentation of the Characters Beatrice and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing

- The Presentation of the Characters Beatrice and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing In this essay I’m comparing the characters Beatrice and Hero from Shakespeare’s play, ‘Much Ado about Nothing’. ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ is a comedy written by William Shakespeare c. 1598 – 1599. Shakespeare found the story in Orlando Furioso, which is a great poem written by Ludovico Ariosto, however Shakespeare did come up with the Benedick - Beatrice plot. The attention of the characters is aimed at Claudio and Hero and their young, romantic love and Benedick and Beatrice are the comedy pair in the play, their witty battles of words provides great comedy....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Essay on Jealousy in Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and Winter's Tale

- Jealousy in Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and Winter's Tale   The common thread of jealousy ties together the main plots in Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and The Winter's Tale. In each of these plays, the main conflict is centered around some form of jealousy. While jealousy is the mutual, most prominent cause for turmoil in these plays, its effects on the characters, and ultimately the plots, is different in each case. This difference has much to do with the way in which the concept of jealousy is woven into each play, and what it is intended to accomplish....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays shakespeare]

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The Character of Claudio in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- The Character of Claudio in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing "Much Ado about Nothing" is not unlike other Shakespearean comedies. These stories usually deal with the main idea of young people who are in love with each other. They encounter difficulties which they have to deal with so that they can both live together, happily ever after. In "Much Ado about Nothing", Claudio and Hero are the young characters in the play, who along with other characters struggle through their difficulties to make their lives better....   [tags: Papers]

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The Film Much Ado About Nothing and Its Contribution to Understanding of the Play

- The Film Much Ado About Nothing and Its Contribution to Understanding of the Play The film 'Much Ado About Nothing' is very successful because it makes Shakespeare's play alive and it makes the play more realistic. In addition it is a very enjoyable film and helps the audience appreciate the play much more. It puts across the story clearly and helps us understand the significance and situation of the story. To begin with, one of the clearest ways in which the film is considered to be most outstanding was due to the setting of the film....   [tags: Papers]

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The Themes of Love in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- The Themes of Love in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing In this essay, it is necessary to discuss the main themes of love in the play, 'Much Ado About Nothing.' In the play, one of the main themes is Love. There can be many facets of love found in the play. It will be essential to discuss these facets, to find out whether the theme of love is crucial to the understanding of the play. There are many romantic relationships, which are important in the play. The first is the one of, Claudio and Hero....   [tags: Papers]

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Social Pressures in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- Social Pressures in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing There has been much discussion about whether or not Shakespeare’s play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ it is based more around social pressures rather than true love; this essay will see to what extent the play supports this idea. Shakespeare wrote the play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ around 1598. It was located in Italy, because Italy at the time was seen as a romantic exotic country, writers during this time period were obsessed over Italy, a lot of the plays written were set in Italy....   [tags: Papers]

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Film Versus Theatre Presentations of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- Film Versus Theatre Presentations of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing is a witty play that is interpreted in many different ways for many different audiences. Branaugh's movie rendition, compared to the Shenandoah Shakespeare Company's play, have many separately emphasized points. If we look at elements such as use of space, costuming, and love relationships we find that Kenneth Branaugh emphasizes the separation of the military from the domestic which eventually heads down to the separation of men and women, while in the stage production, the director emphasizes the relationship and friendship between Claudio, Benedict, and Don P...   [tags: Papers Shakespare Play Movie]

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William Shakespeare's Presentation of Hero in Much Ado About Nothing

- William Shakespeare's Presentation of Hero in Much Ado About Nothing "While there is much to delight a modern audience in Much Ado About Nothing, there is much that will vex, not least the problem of Hero". In the world of Messina we see women treated very differently to what we would expect of the treatment of women in the 21st century. We see women as close equals to men these days, which would have been unthinkable in the 1600's....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Sin in Fire From Heaven, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Flea

- Sin in Fire From Heaven, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Flea In Fire from Heaven, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Flea, the authors take a stance on men and women committing sinful acts and using it as a main position in their work. They write from a very religious perspective which is probably due to the time period in which their work was written. They develop this idea in very different perspectives to get their point across. They express this position vividly throughout their work....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Beatrice and Benedick as a Couple in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- Beatrice and Benedick as a Couple in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing 'Much Ado About Nothing' is a Shakespeare play set in Mecina. It is a comedy, about Don Pedro and his friends. The play focuses on the relationships of the characters, especially that of Beatrice/Benedick and Claudio/Hero. The two romances follow two different ideas, one an average romance in Shakespeare's day, the other a not so average romance. Beatrice and Benedick's history together is made clear from the start, when Beatrice tells the messenger bringing news of Benedick's return, that he 'is no less than a stuffed man', implying that he is very full of himself....   [tags: Papers]

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The Masked Dance in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- The Masked Dance in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare 'Much Ado About Nothing' by William Shakespeare was written between 1596- 1599 and is set in the 15th century in Italy. When this play was written, Italy was one of the world's main trading ports. People would travel there to sell jewellery, spices and precious metals. Italy was very popular and so many ideas were taken from Italy and introduced into different countries, this is how masques became so popular and spread throughout Europe....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Katharina, of The Taming of the Shrew and Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing

- Comparing Shakespeare’s Katharina, of The Taming of the Shrew and Beatrice, of Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare’s Katharina, of The Taming of the Shrew and Beatrice, of Much Ado About Nothing, are very similar characters.  Each is plagued with unrequited love, and depressed by their inability to woo the suitor of their choosing.  Neither will accept the passive female role expected by society. Yet, both women seem to accept their role as wife by the conclusion.  Upon further examination, one will find that Beatrice is a much more complex character.  One would have to agree with the critic who said, "Katharina is a character sketched in bold, rapid stokes, with none of Beatrice's sophisti...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Shakespeare's Presentation of Hero and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing

- Shakespeare's Presentation of Hero and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing Hero and Beatrice are the two main female characters in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" and they tell us a lot about how Shakespeare saw women in the context of the sixteenth century upper classes. In looking at the presentation of the characters it is important to examine their entrance into the play and what first impressions the audience gets of their personality and appearance. Although they are both present in the very first scene of the play it is Beatrice who speaks the most and makes her presence known....   [tags: Papers]

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A Comparison of the Scenes in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- A Comparison of the Scenes in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing In the play Much Ado about Nothing, two main characters Beatrice and Benedick are gulled into believing that Beatrice loves Benedick and Benedick loves Beatrice. The two scenes are parallel and set in the same place, the orchard. The effect of this is that the audience concentrate more on the other differences, for example how the characters are treated, and not on the differences on set. The opening speeches of both scenes create an important context for the gulling....   [tags: Papers]

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Analyzing the Character of Don John in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- Analyzing the Character of Don John in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing The play Much Ado About Nothing was written and performed in the Elizabethan period. It was set in Italy in a place called Messina. As expected the play has an happy ending with a marriage, as it is an comedy, except throughout the play you think it may end as an tragedy with lots of talk of death and misery. The mood swings from light comedy to dark tragedy. The play appealed to the Elizabethans because it mirrored life of that time....   [tags: Papers]

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Empowerment of Women in Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, and The Taming of the Shrew

- Empowerment of Women in Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, and The Taming of the Shrew      In Shakespeare’s comedies, many – possibly even most - of the female characters are portrayed as being manipulated, if not controlled outright, by the men in their lives: fathers, uncles, suitors, husbands.  And yet, there are women inhabiting Shakespeare’s comedic world who seem to enjoy a greater degree of autonomy and personal power than one would expect in a patriarchal society.  Superficially, therefore, Shakespeare’s comedies appear to send mixed signals regarding the notion of female empowerment.  Some women are strong and independent, others are completely submissive, and the behavior...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Measure for Measure

-         Shakespeare's comedies A Midsummers Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing have many parallels while Measure for Measure is a problem play with a completely different tone.  Comparing and contrasting these three plays provides insights into the views of Shakespeare concerning comedy.       A Midsummer Night's Dream is a festive comedy.  The play takes place in June and this is a bewitched time.  In the spring the custom is to celebrate the return of fertility to the earth.  During  this time the young people spend the night in the woods to celebrate.  Shakespeare uses the greenworld pattern in this play.  The play begins in the city, moves out to the country and then back to the c...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Character of Don John in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- The Character of Don John in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing The Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing is a romantic comedy set in Messina, Italy. In this play there is a thin line between it being a comedy and a tragedy, the only thing that stops this play being a tragedy is the happy ending and the fact that no one really dies. Throughout the play there are a series of upsets within the relationships between characters. Don John, who is the illegitimate brother of Don Pedro, causes most of this upset and trouble....   [tags: Papers]

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Interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing: Views Upon Deceit's

- Interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing: Views Upon Deceit's The word deceit means to give an appearance or an impression that is different from the true one. Deceit is a recurring theme in Much Ado About Nothing. Characters are constantly deceiving each other or being deceived, be it for good or bad means. Without this continual theme of deception the plot would not be able to unfold. The theme of deception is revealed early on in the play when Don Pedro, the prince, agrees to woo Hero in place of Claudio....   [tags: Papers]

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Beatrice and Benedick in Act 1 of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- Beatrice and Benedick in Act 1 of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare In 'Much Ado About Nothing' we learn about Beatrice and Benedick. Benedick is a very confident, witty man who appears to have a love hate relationship with Beatrice. He is very self sure with women and makes it known to others that he would prefer to remain a bachelor for the rest of his life rather than marry a woman. Beatrice in a way is very similar to Benedick, she also is very intelligent and witty but she seems to have more of a fiery nature which seems to hide most of her true feelings....   [tags: Papers]

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Benedick's Changing Character in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- Benedick's Changing Character in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing During the play "Much Ado About Nothing", Benedick's character changes dramatically towards certain aspects of life, namely in his attitude towards women and love. At the beginning of the play Benedick is portrayed as an experienced soldier and a knowledgeable scholar but with little interest in women, love, and marriage; a partly formed Renaissance man. His friends were mainly his army colleagues those whom, he had fought alongside when at war....   [tags: Papers]

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Comic and Serious Aspects in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- Comic and Serious Aspects in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare In Much Ado About Nothing there are many intersecting deceptions between the main plot and the sub plot. For example, there is the deception of Claudio and Don Pedro by Don John which at first seems separate from the comical deception of Benedick by the male tricksters until Act 4, Scene 1 where the consequences of the comical deception turn serious. Each type of deception gives a lighter or graver aspect to the play, whether it is from the characters reactions or from who is doing the deceiving....   [tags: Papers]

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Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing opens in a situation with a war that has just ended. The men enter a "golden world" in Messina where the women are already located. In this situation, people fail to take things seriously causing the peace soon to turn into a war of words. Benedick and Beatrice are the main examples of male/female rivalry that converts into belligerent wordplay. The first confrontation between Beatrice and Benedick appears in Act One Scene One....   [tags: Papers]

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How Does Shakespeare portray Women in Much Ado About Nothing?

- How Does Shakespeare portray Women in Much Ado About Nothing. I believe eavesdropping plays a very important role in Much Ado. Therefore, I have chosen to answer this essay question, as I feel strongly about it. In the play, Shakespeare makes use of eavesdropping by using it as a comic device, but also to sort out situations so that the play is able to go on. I will be focussing upon two events in particular to show this. Each event will present a different form of eavesdropping being used. The first will be the gulling of Benedick and Beatrice (Act 2 Sc 3 & Act 3 Sc 1)....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Portrayal of Benedick and Beatrice in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- The Portrayal of Benedick and Beatrice in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing At the beginning of William Shakespeare's play "Much Ado About Nothing" he portrays Beatrice and Benedick as two argumentative young people. However he also portrays them as being attracted to each other, this becomes clear because the first thing Beatrice says in the play is " I pray you, is Signor Mountanto return'd from the wars or no?" She is talking about Benedick asking the messenger in a joking kind of way did Benedick come back from the war or did he die....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing

- Trickery and Disguise in Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing      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 Bassanio's plan to present himself as a financially sound suitor, when in truth, he is not....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Deception, Trickery, and Concealment in Much Ado about Nothing and Macbeth

- Deception, Trickery, and Concealment in Much Ado about Nothing and Macbeth         William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy, Much Ado about Nothing and tragic history, Macbeth revolve around the theme of deception, trickery, and concealment. There are portrayals within these two plays that depict deception and trickery as merely harmless and even beneficial. In some cases the characters are thoroughly masked in their lies; for ill or well, they are hiding who they truly are. In other cases, the person they attempt to hide is merely obscured, the masks being only a slight deterrent from their real personalities....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Theme of Deception in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- The Theme of Deception in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare It is clearly visible from the plot in Much Ado about Nothing that deception plays a large role in the social structure of Messina, the city in which the play is set. However, there is a clear distinction between the types of deception used. Malicious deception is used to shatter people's lives whereas benign deception is used to enrich the lives of others. In Act 1, Scene 1 we witness the 'skirmish of wit' between Beatrice and Benedick....   [tags: Papers]

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Essay on the Perfect Women of As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing

- The Perfect Women of As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing            Rosalind and Beatrice, the principal female characters of Shakespeare's As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing respectively, are the epitome of Shakespeare's ideal woman. From these two characters, we can see personality traits and characteristics of what Shakespeare might have considered the perfect woman. Rosalind and Beatrice are characterized by their beauty, integrity, strength of character, intelligence, gaiety, seriousness, and warmth....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Act 2 Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- Act 2 Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Much of the plot is moved along by characters eavesdropping on a conversation and either misunderstanding what they overhear or being deceived by gossip or by a trick. Hero, Claudio, and the rest trick Benedick and Beatrice by setting them up to overhear conversations in which their friends deliberately mislead them. Don John’s spiteful gossip makes Claudio and Don Pedro suspicious that Hero is disloyal. The window trick, in which Borachio and the disguised Margaret make love at Hero’s window, is itself a sort of overhearing....   [tags: Papers]

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The Lives of The Female Characters In Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- The Lives of The Female Characters In Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare It is hard to imagine that there could or ever have been restrictions on the choice of one’s spouse become a reality, more so far for women than men. Women’s rights, especially when it came to choosing a mate, were minimal during the Elizabethan period. Marriages for women tended to be arranged or not allowed before, during and after the 16th century. One might wonder what rights women did have, concerning marriage and how could they be seen in the play, “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare....   [tags: Papers]

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The Use of Eavesdropping in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- The Use of Eavesdropping in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare is one of, if not the, best play writers in the world. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 and then moved to London as a young man, he died at the age of fifty two. In his lifetime he wrote more than thirty seven plays of all genres. Shakespeare liked to play on words in a large amount of his plays, he does this by having word battles between his characters....   [tags: Papers]

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Hero and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- Hero and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The two characters, Hero and Beatrice, go hand in hand, although each has many differences. The reason the characters are so different, at times, is Shakespeare's way of emphasising each character. Hero would not seem as quiet if Beatrice wasn't so loud, and Beatrice wouldn't seem so overly confident if Hero didn't act so shy. The two, during the play fall in love with two very different people. They both have different views and ideals, especially concerning love and marriage....   [tags: Papers]

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Honour and Fidelity Varies for Men and Women in the play Much Ado about Nothing

- The theme for honour and fidelity apply for both men and women in Shakespeare’s play ‘much ado about nothing’. Honour and fidelity is represented very differently for men and women as it would have been for the people in Elizabethan times. In this first section of the essay, I will be exploring double standards and Shakespeare’s awareness of the double standards between sexes and his feminist approach, the differences of honour and fidelity for men and women and upper class and lower class comparisons....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Act 4 Scene 1 in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- Act 4 Scene 1 in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The play is a comedy, which centres on two couples and their love affairs, although there are other subplots, which involve disguise and trickery. The scene itself focuses on the wedding of Claudio and Hero during which Claudio strongly rejects Hero. It is a dramatic scene where the tension of the audience is most raised during the play. This is due to the characters theatrical behavior and language. It also opens new doors for other relationships to evolve such as Beatrice and Benedick, who overcome their hatred for each other and fall in love....   [tags: Papers]

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Audience response to Benedick in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing

- The machinations of Claudio and Don Pedro initially bring Beatrice and Benedick together, despite their initial dislike for each other. A previous relationship is the probable root of both character’s intolerance and ‘postures of hostility’ towards marriage and the opposite sex. Throughout the play Beatrice and Benedick engage in a ‘war of wit’, whereby they both exercise their impressive, quick, humour, as a mechanism of defence against one another. This immediately depicts there is going to be an element of comedy in the play, and both characters are a source of entertainment....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Claudio's Love in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- Claudio's Love in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing "O, what men dare do. What men may do. What men daily do, not knowing what they do!" Funny how these words come from someone like Claudio and when you try to ponder on the words and look closely on the character of Claudio, you will realize that these lines aptly describe the actions and qualities possessed by Claudio himself. Throughout the story, many instances would show how Claudio reacts hastily to situations that arise without knowing or understanding well enough what is really going on....   [tags: Papers]

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Claudio and Hero's Relationship in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- Claudio and Hero are the idealised Elizabethan couple in the book because of the patriarchal society that the story is based on. This is because Hero is shown as a weak and powerless young woman while Claudio is described as a powerful and honourable man. In the wedding Claudio decides to shame her and says ‘There, Leonato, take her back again Give not this rotten orange to your friend’. Even when Hero is being insulted and accused of being a prostitute she does not defend herself and says ‘Is my lord well, that he doth speak so wide?’ Instead of defending herself she asks if Claudio is alright which displays a sign of weakness in her....   [tags: Analytical Essay, Literary Analysis]

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Film Versions of Shakespeare Comedies

- Film Versions of Shakespeare Comedies Shakespearean plays are complex, intricate pieces of work in which a diverse range of interpretations and readings can be made. This is particularly true of his comedies, where the light-hearted humour is often offset by darker, more serious undertones. In adapting these comedies it is for the director – in the cinematic context – to decide how to interpret the play and which elements are privileged and which are suppressed. This variance in interpretation is exemplified in comparing two of the more recent cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare’s comedies, Trevor Nunn’s Twelfth Night and Kenneth Branagh’s A Much Ado About Nothing [‘Much Ado’]....   [tags: Twelfth Night Much Ado Nothing Essays]

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Claudio and Hero's Relationship vs. Beatrice and Benedick's

- Claudio and Hero's Relationship vs. Beatrice and Benedick's The main topic of discussion is based around the relationships of Claudio and Hero and how their relationship differs from Beatrice’s and Benedick’s. The idea of marriage is an important factor. In Shakespeares time marriage was seen as an obligation and your wife would be ‘chosen’ for you. The decision making was made by the men. It was a very patriarchal society. Beatrice is a prime example of one of Shakespeare’s strong characters. She refuses to marry because she has not found the perfect equal partner and is unwilling to eschew her liberty to the will of a controlling husband....   [tags: Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare Love Essays]

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The Importance of Act V Scene 4 in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- The Importance of Act V Scene 4 in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Works Cited Missing 'Much Ado About Nothing' is rather similar to other Elizabethan comedies written by Shakespeare. Halfway through many things seem to be going wrong, but everything is sorted out in the end as Antonio shows when he comments, 'Well, I am glad that all things sort so well' (V.4, 7) 'Much Ado' explores the nature of true love and Act V scene 4 sees the marriage of two main characters - Hero, the only daughter of Signor Leonarto the governor of Messina, and Count Claud...   [tags: Papers]

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How Shakespeare Dramatically Presents Power and Authority in the Relationship Between Men and Women in Much Ado About Nothing

- How Shakespeare Dramatically Presents Power and Authority in the Relationship Between Men and Women in Much Ado About Nothing One of the key explorations of power and authority in “Much Ado About Nothing” is the relationship between Hero and Leonato as father and daughter. The play was written in Elizabethan England, and social attitudes of the period, together with long standing tradition, influence Shakespeare’s portrayal of the “proper” relationship between father and daughter, and duty they owed to each other....   [tags: Papers]

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The Presentation of the Relationship Between Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing

- The Presentation of the Relationship Between Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing Beatrice is the niece of Leonato, a wealthy governor of Messina. She is feisty, cynical, sharp and witty. Benedick has recently returned from fighting in the wars. He is also witty, and like Beatrice is always making jokes and puns. They both continue a ‘merry war’ against each other, in which Beatrice often wins the battles. ‘They never met but there’s a skirmish of wit between them’, as Leonato says....   [tags: Papers]

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Benedick’s Change of Heart by the End of Act 2 Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- Benedick’s Change of Heart by the End of Act 2 Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing ‘Much ado about nothing’ is one of William Shakespeare’s popular comedy plays. With regards to the title of the play, the word ‘nothing’ in the title suggests it links with how characters in the play create so much bother about nothing. Speculation has occurred among people over the word ‘nothing’ in the play’s title. The word ‘nothing’ has a double meaning. Noting and nothing sounded identical in Shakespeare’s time....   [tags: Papers]

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A Spirited Female Lead in Pride and Prejudice by Austen and Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare

- A Spirited Female Lead in Pride and Prejudice by Austen and Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen and "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare are two of the best known and best loved literary works in history. One of the main reasons for this is the strength and personality of their leading female characters Beatrice, and Elizabeth and the relationships that they form within the books. Beatrice, described as being "possessed with a fury", and Elizabeth as an "obstinate, headstrong girl", are characters whose vibrant and incredibly spirited personalities simply leap off the pages capturing the imagination of any reader....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, and Hamlet

- Finding Ourselves in Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, and Hamlet Who are we. Paul Simon said, "I am a rock." John Lennon said, "I am the walrus." Steve Miller said, "I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker." Richard Nixon said, "I am not a crook." Basically, it boils down to this: people naturally don't really know who they are, or really are. These metaphorical song lyrics (excluding Tricky Dick) seem to be searches at an explanation of the self....   [tags: Free Macbeth Essays]

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How Shakespeare Develops the Relationship between Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing

- How Shakespeare Develops the Relationship between Benedick and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing During Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick and Beatrice certainly have an exceedingly tempestuous relationship that goes through many stages through the play. In Act I, Scene 1, it seems that they have met before, as Beatrice says she “know[s him] of old” (l.107), which could imply that they were in a relationship before the war Benedick has just returned from at the beginning of the play....   [tags: Papers]

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Deception and Its Dramatic Effects in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night

- Deception and Its Dramatic Effects in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night Shakespeare uses deception and trickery in both "Twelfth Night" and "Much Ado" to provide humour and dramatic irony for the audience. The deception also furthers the plot or sub-plot. The dramatic effects of this trickery are the irony, anticipation and empathy with the characters. In the scene from "Much Ado", deception is used to create a romance which turns out to be more than is intended by the characters doing the deceiving....   [tags: Papers]

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The Dramatic Significance of Act four Scene One of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- The Dramatic Significance of Act four Scene One of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Act 4 in the romantic comedy 'Much ado about nothing' is of great dramatic significance to the whole play, as it is in Scene 1 where Shakespeare brings out the different sides of the characters to illustrate the complexities of love and relationships. Act 4 Scene 1 is clustered with different incidents and in this essay, I will go through each event and describe its importance to the play as a whole....   [tags: Papers Shakespeare ]

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The Deception of Benedick in Act 2 Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- The Deception of Benedick in Act 2 Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Deception plays a fundamental role in Much Ado About Nothing because it is one of the elements of laughter in it. It normally originates from Don Jon the bastard brother of Don Pedro, who wants to be the Prince causing havoc to Don Pedro and his friends. However this deception doesn't originate from Don Jon's malevolence, but from Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato, as they try and deceive Beatrice and Benedick that the other is madly in love with them....   [tags: Papers]

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The Themes of Appearance versus True Love in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- The Themes of Appearance versus True Love in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing True love is a bond shared by few and dreamed of by everyone. The appearance of a relationship may not accurately depict the true reality of the situation. The bond between Claudio and Hero appears far stronger than that of Beatrice and Benedict, yet events of the play provide evidence for the converse. In Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, the masked emotions of two couples are evoked through subterfuge....   [tags: Papers]

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Relationship of Beatrice and Benedick in Act Four Scene One of Much Ado About Nothing

- Relationship of Beatrice and Benedick in Act Four Scene One of Much Ado About Nothing Act IV scene i is a turning point for Beatrice and Bene*censored*. At the beginning of the play they both pronounce their desire to never marry. However, at this point in the play the two say that they are in love, when unbeknownst to them they have been tricked into loving each other. The scene after the wedding in Act IV scene i is the first one where the two have been alone together since they have both heard their friends talking....   [tags: Papers]

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How Shakespeare Presents the Character of Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing and How Interpretations of His Character Can Vary

- How Shakespeare Presents the Character of Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing and How Interpretations of His Character Can Vary Claudio is firstly presented, (though he is not in the scene where this takes place) as a brave, young and fresh addition to Don Pedro’s troops and that he is quickly growing to be a hero and this is commented on by the messenger in the scene. He is extremely naïve in the early scenes, he has a very simple and trusting view of the world and the way it works, he seems to be flirtatious, making him possibly desperate or genuinely in need of love....   [tags: Papers]

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The Device of a Masked Dance in Act Two Scene One of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

- The Device of a Masked Dance in Act Two Scene One of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare uses the device of a masked dance in Act II Scene I for many reasons, mainly for the entertainment value of an Elizabethan audience these were the people Shakespeare intended the play to be viewed by, and also to dramatically further the plot. Using a masked dance allows for many characters to be in the same place at the same time, allowing all of the different social classes to mix and interact, something which would not normally have happened in Elizabethan times....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Act 2 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 1 of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

- Comparing Act 2 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 1 of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare In Act 2 Scene 3 and Act 3 Scene 1 Beatrice and Benedick are both separately being tricked into falling in love with each other by their friends. To compare the two scenes we must first consider the symmetry between them; the initial thing we notice as an audience is that all of the characters in Act 2 Scene 3 are male, and that all of the characters in Act 3 Scene 1 are female; this gives the effect of the two sexes battling....   [tags: Papers]

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First Exchange between Beatrice and Benedick being Greeted with Delight in the Theatre in Much Ado about Nothing

- The first exchange between Beatrice and Benedick is always greeted with delight in the theatre. Explain why this is so. Act one scene one of Much Ado About Nothing is always greeted with delight in the theatre for many reasons. It begins when Don Pedro and company enter a "golden world" in Messina where the women are already located. In this situation, people fail to take things seriously, causing the war of swords to soon turn into a war of words. Benedick and Beatrice are the main examples of male/female rivalry that converts into belligerent wordplay....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Viola and Beatrice in Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing

-       Viola and Beatrice both take on men's roles, Viola that of a manservant and Beatrice that of the perpetual bachelor and the clown: "I was born to speak all mirth and no matter," she says to Don Pedro [II.i.343-4]. They appear to be actors and manipulators, much more so than their female predecessors, who are mostly reactive and manipulated, such as Hermia, Helena, Titania, and Gertrude. None of these women seemed in charge of her own destiny, but tricked by the schemes of men and later scorned or humiliated as a result of male machinations....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Benedick's Changing views on Love in Much Ado about Nothing

- Throughout Act one and two, Benedick repeatedly says that he will never love a woman or get married. At some stage in the duration of the play his mindset changes. In the end he is head over heels in love for Beatrice whom he once quarreled with habitually. The turnabout in his behavior was brought about by the deceiving Claudio and Pedro who indirectly told Benedick that Beatrice loved him. At the beginning, Benedick’s attitude is negative towards women in general. He swears he will never marry, as he is very critical of women and does not trust any of them not to cheat on him....   [tags: essays research papers]

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