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Much Ado About Nothing

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Much Ado About Nothing A Novel by William Shakespeare Presentation by Serra Doll William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, in England in 1564. His parents were Mary and John, and he had seven siblings. He married Anne Hathaway when he was only eighteen years old. During his life, the plague struck England, and it was during this time that Shakespeare wrote some of his earliest plays. The Globe Theatre, built in 1598, was where many of Shakespeare's play were performed and was very popular for its time. He retired from the theatre in 1610, and died April 23, 1616. Yet many of his plays and sonnets have become so famous, they can be found almost anywhere in modern day culture. Shakespeare comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, was listed in London's Company of Stationers on August 4, 1600 as a play of My Lord Chamberlin’s men, Shakespeare's acting company. It was written sometime between 1598-1600. Introduction and Author Biography Excerpt BENEDICK
If Signor Leonato be her father, she would not have his
head on her shoulders for all Messina, as like him as she is.

BEATRICE
I wonder that you will still be talking, Signor Benedick.
Nobody marks you.

BENEDICK
What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living?

BEATRICE
Is it possible disdain should die while she hath such meet
food to feed it as Signor Benedick? Courtesy itself must
convert to disdain if you come in her presence.

BENEDICK
Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I am loved of
all ladies, only you excepted. And I would I could find in
my heart that I had not a hard heart, for truly I love none.

BEATRICE
A dear happiness to women. They would else have been
troubled with a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold
blood I am of your humor for that. I had rather hear my dog
bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me. BENEDICK
Well, even if he is her father, I’m sure she wouldn’t want to have the head of the old man on her shoulders!

BEATRICE
I’m amazed you’re still talking, Signior Benedick. No one’s listening to you.

BENEDICK
Look, it’s my dear Lady Disdain! Aren’t you dead yet?

BEATRICE
How could disdain die when you’re here? When you’re around, even Lady Courtesy becomes Lady Disdain.

BENEDICK
That makes Lady Courtesy a traitor. All ladies love me, except you. It’s too bad I’m so hard-hearted, because I really don’t love anyone.

BEATRICE
Women are lucky, then. You would make a nasty suitor. Thankfully, I feel the same way you do. I have no need for romance. I would rather listen to my dog bark at a crow than hear a man swear that he loves me. Review The play, Much Ado About Nothing, is a great example of a classic Shakespearian comedy. It keeps the reader or audience enthralled with witty banter, comedic characters, and ironic twists. In this play, Shakespeare is able to make unforgettable characters, like the strong a resilient Beatrice. It’s a classic “drama”, that will keep readers of all ages interested. Not like those other plays, there are no long monologues or deep moral values presented. The play it entertaining, fast pace and a fun read. Much like the young adult books of today, Much Ado About Nothing can be read as a light read, and who doesn’t love a meddled love story? Summary The play, Much Ado About Nothing, begins when Leonato, the governor of Messina, is welcoming Don Pedro, a nobleman from Aragon, back from a successful battle. Don Pedro is accompanied by Claudio and Benedict, both soldiers, and his brother Don John. When Don Pedro and his men arrive they are welcomed by Leonato and his daughter Hero and niece Beatrice. During this time Claudio falls in love with Hero, and Beatrice and Benedict quarrel about how they “hate the other”. Claudio then professes his love for Hero to Don Pedro and Benedict, and Don Pedro promises to help Claudio win her love. Throughout the play Benedict and Beatrice keep saying how much they despise the other until they are tricked into thinking that the other loves them, and they realize they to love the other. Don John, who has always been the antagonist of his brother, causes mischief throughout the play trying to ruin Claudio and Hero’s engagement. The rest of the play is centered around the dramam that accumulated between the two pares of lovers. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, in England in 1564. His parents were Mary and Jonh, and he had seven siblings. He Married Anne Hathaway when he was only eighteen years old. During his life, the plague struck England, and it was during this time that Shakespeare wrote some of his earliest plays and sonnets. The Globe Theatre, built in 1598, was where many of Shakespeare's plays were performed and was very popular for its time. He retired from the theatre in 1610, and died April 23, 1616. Yet many of his plays and sonnets Yet many of his plays and sonnets have become so famous, that they can be found almost anywhere in modern day culture. Shakespeare's comedy, Much Ado about Nothing, was listed in London's Comapany of Stationers on August 4, 1600, as a play of My Lord Chamberlin's Men, Shakespeare's acting company. It was written sometime between 1598-1600.
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