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Much Ado About Nothing

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Julia Flaherty

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Transcript of Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing
Claudio
falls in love with
Count Leanato's
daughter,
Hero
and decided to marry her.

Beatrice
(Leanato's niece) and
Benedick
have feelings for each other but they hide it behind witty and sarcastic banter.

Don John
plots to stop Hero and Claudio's wedding.

The night before the wedding, Claudio sees someone who he believes is Hero at Hero's window. It is actually Hero's maid (In Hero's wedding dress) and Borachio.

Claudio publicly shames Hero at their wedding the next day and refuses to marry her.

Hero faints. Beatrice, along with Leonato and the friar, agree to pretend that Hero has died, and hide her away.

A cop named Dogberry finds two of Don John's henchmen and finds out the truth.

Hero and Claudio are reunited and Beatrice and Benedick decide to marry too.





The Film
The movie adaptation follows very well.

Dialogue and Plot

The conflict centered more around relationship of Benedick and Beatrice instead of Claudio and Hero.

Opening scene adds plot

Modernization makes it clearer to understand

Cinematography and Music

Which was better?
We think that the movie was better!
Easier to understand
Body language
Keeping characters straight
Added humor
Fin
By: William Shakespeare
Presentation by: Reece Downey, Julia Flaherty, Tia Hancock, and Julia Comer
In the Play...

1“Though wast ever an obstinate heretic in the despite of beauty.”
Act 1 Scene 1. Line 208
2“Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much.”
Act 2 Scene 1. Line 258
3“For my brother, I think he holds you well, and in dearness of heart hath holp to effect
your ensuing marriage;--surely suit ill spent and labour ill bestowed.”
Act 3 Scene 2. Line 73
4“They seem to pity the lady: it seems her affections have their full bent. Love me? why, it must be requited.”
Act 2 Scene 3. Line 185
5“But know that I have tonight wooed Margaret, the Lady Hero’s gentlewoman, by the name of Hero. She leans me out at her mistress’ chambers and bids me a thousand times goodnight.”
Act 3 Scene 3 Line 126
6“Nothing certainer:
One Hero died defiled, but I do live, And surely as I live, I am a maid.”
Act 5 Scene 4. Line 63
7“Do me right or I will protest your cowardice. You have killed a sweet lady, and her death shall fall heavy on you.” Act 5 Scene 1. Line 146
8“What fire is in mine ears? Can this be true?
Stand I condemn'd for pride and scorn so much? Contempt, farewell! and maiden pride, adieu! No glory lives behind the back of such. And, Benedick, love on; I will requite thee,”
Act 3 Scene 1. Line 131
The Characters
Claudio-
Falls in love with Hero
Hero-
Daughter of Leanato, in love with Claudio
Beatrice-
Hero's cousin, falls in love with Benedick
Benedick-
Close friend of Claudio, falls in love with Beatrice
Leanato-
Hero's father
Don John-
Brother of Don Pedro, attempts to seperate Claudio and Hero
Don Pedro-
Leader of Claudio's friend group, friend

of Leanato, Don John's brother

Act III, Scene III
Act 3 Scene 3-In this scene Borachio tells the watchmen what Don John has payed him to do (seduce Hero’s mistress and pretend that he was seducing Hero herself.) He tells of how Don John showed Claudio what was happening when Borachio was seducing the mistress, and Claudio thought that it was Hero.
Act IV, Scene I

This is the scene in which the would-be wedding between Hero and Claudio falls apart. Claudio accuses Hero of not being a virgin and shames her publicly. He claims to have seen her with another man, “I did see her, hear her at the hour last night talk with a ruffian at her chamber window...who hath confessed the vile encounters they have had a thousand times in secret.” Hero faints, and Claudio leaves his own wedding along with Don Pedro and Don John.
Act V, Scene IV
This is the actual wedding scene that happens after Hero is proven innocent. Claudio was expecting to marry another woman that resembled Hero, but at the altar, she removed her mask (reveling that Hero was not dead) Claudio and Hero are married. The wedding becomes a double one when Beatrice and Benedick find out their love for each other and decide to be married too.
Central Conflict and Theme
The central conflict revolves around Claudio and Hero's wedding.
A key theme is that trust is vital to having and maintaining a relationship.
Language
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