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Intro to "Much Ado About Nothing"

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Michelle Schloss

on 18 April 2018

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Transcript of Intro to "Much Ado About Nothing"

"totus mundus agit histrionem"
(The Globe Theater's motto)
Shakespeare's plays were meant to be SEEN, not just HEARD!

They were ALL performed at The Globe Theater:

London, England

Lord Chamberlain's Men - an acting company
later, The King's Men (big deal!)

1599 - June 29, 1613 (destroyed by fire)
rebuilt by June 1614, closed 1642 (by Puritans)
How It's Written:
VERSE
Talking About Verse
Iambic Pentameter
Iamb
: one unstressed syllable followed by one stressed

(examples: "before", "the dog")

Iambic Pentameter
is a line of verse made up of five iambs.
The Globe Theater & Iambic Pentameter
Shakespeare: SEEN & HEARD
The Globe Theater
"pit" or "yard", groundlings
stage
trap door
overhang
entrances
"heavens"
w/ trap door
balcony
"all the world plays"
Many of Shakespeare's plays, including
MUCH ADO
ABOUT NOTHING
, are written entirely in
VERSE
called

IAMBIC PENTAMETER
.

What is "verse"?

VERSE
, or METER, is
writing arranged with a
metrical rhythm
, sometimes with rhyme.

While this was the style of the time period & all of Shakespeare's work (not just his plays), the different ways words are stressed can make the words of a sentence "flow" better together.
Vocabulary:
"
stressed
" syllables are those that
have more emphasis
, marked by this symbol:
"
unstressed
" syllables are those that
aren't emphasized
, marked by this symbol:

The action scholars take to scan a line of verse to determine its rhythm is called
scansion
.

For example, Dr. Seuss's books are written in "trisyllabic meter" - every third syllable in his stories is more stressed than the others.
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Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
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The Globe
Theater
theater has 2 purposes:
entertainment
social commentary

something both entertaining & purposeful, with meaning

closed in 1642 by Puritans who thought performance was decadent, unnecessary & evil
What is your interpretation of this phrase?
"all the world's a stage"
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