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Much Ado About Nothing Literary Techniques

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Cameron Murray

on 28 March 2013

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Transcript of Much Ado About Nothing Literary Techniques

Much Ado About Nothing
Literary Techniques By: Cameron Allusion Metaphor Metaphor Irony Personification Metaphor Metaphor Simile Metaphor "The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish
Cut with her golden oars the silver stream
And greedily devour the treacherous bait"(Shakespeare 75) "... Give not this rotten orange to your friend..."(pg.
113) "He wears his faith but as the fashion of his
hat; it ever changes with the next block"(pg.
9) "...And trust no agent; for beauty is a witch..."(pg. 41) " Silence is the perfectest herald of joy" (pg. 45) "... I had not a hard heart, for I truly love none" (pg. 11) "...Troilus the first employer of panders..." (pg. 163) "He hath born himself beyond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a lion" (pg.5) "He hath twice or thrice cut Cupid's bowstring, and the little hangman dare not shoot at him"(pg.82-83) This quote is when Ursula compares Beatrice to a fish consuming deadly bait. This quote relates to the theme of love and how it can be unexpected. This is when Claudio refers to Hero as a rotten piece of fruit. This relates to the theme of deception because Claudio was under the impression the Hero was pure but only came to find out later that it was a lie. This is when Beatrice talks to the Messenger
about Benedick's faithfullness to women. It
has to do with the tone of uncertainty. In this quote Claudio is comparing beauty to witch. By doing this he is saying that a woman's outer and inner beauty can be deceiving to a man. This is brought on by the fact that he believes his fiance, Hero, is having an
affair. This is personification because Shakespeare is saying that silence portrays the emotion of joy. Here it says that whenever there is silence it is acting as an announcement that joy is on its way. Hyperbole "...pick out mine eyes with a ballad-maker's pen and hang me up at the door of a brothel-house for the sign of blind Cupid "(pg. 19) This is showing Benedick's exaggerated reaction to him falling in love. He is saying that it will take his eyes being picked out and being hung from a sign for him to fall in love. This is a main example of irony because through almost the whole novel, Benedick is constantly saying how he'll never fall in love. Then, at the end of the novel he does fall in love with somebody. This quote alludes to Troilus from the story Troilus and Cressida. He is a character from greek mythology who is at first afraid to admit his love for Cressida, but once he does he gets cheated on. This relates to Benedick's fear of admiting his feelings for Beatrice and how Claudio believes that Hero had been unfaithful. This quote is the messenger comparing Don Pedro to lion because of his courageous achievments in the war. It almost instantly lets the reader know that Don Pedro has a strong military background and contributes to the fact that a man's status in battle benefits his reputation. In this quote Cupid is referred to as a "little hangman". This has to do with the fact that to Benedick falling in love or being hit by Cupid's bowstring, is almost like death in a way.
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