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Much Ado About Nothing
Transcript of Much Ado About Nothing
THE BIG IDEA? MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. "I stood like a man at a mark with a whole army shooting at me. She speaks poniards, and every word stabs" "Can the world buy such
a jewel?" MEANING: DIG IN A LITTLE DEEPER AND STUFF BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. MIND BLOWN! "Done to death by slanderous tongues
Was the Hero that here lies.
Death, in guerdon of her wrongs,
Gives her fame which never dies.
So the life that died with shame
Lives in death with glorious fame." "Serve God, love me, and mend." "A miracle! Here’s our own hands against our hearts." "Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never;" "Marry, I cannot show it in rhyme. I have tried. I can find out no rhyme to “lady” but “baby”—an innocent rhyme; for “scorn,” “horn”—a hard rhyme; for, “school,” “fool”—a babbling rhyme; very ominous endings. No, I was not born under a rhyming planet, nor I cannot woo in festival terms." CHARACTERS: "When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married." LANGUAGE: "Yea, and a case
to put it into!" "I would my horse had the
speed of your tongue and so good
a continuer." WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Figurative and connotative language is powerful, and brings a deeper meaning that keeps text alive and brings people back after many years. The profound language used in this play creates tone and dynamics that envoke certain ideas and feelings. Creating deeper purpose to the text using figures of speach, makes an influencial plot. It can be interpreted in multiple ways for many people, afttecting different personalities in seperate ways. Underlying ideas add suspense as well as subtle messages. Bennedict:
Bennedict is a man who is afraid of falling in love and covers it with sarcasm and arrogance. Everything he does is for the purpose of entertaining others. Perhaps Shakespeare is trying to express how
he sees people falling in love as humorous. Hero:
Hero is a perfect model of love; being compared to the mythical Hero who died for her lover, Leander. Hero is accused of being unvirtuous, unchaste and a down- right scandle. Hero is loyal to Claudio even after he accuses her of fornication. When he realizes she is just as virtuous as she claims, she accepts him back without malice. The word "jewel" is connotative
to a woman in terms of, if you were
describing a man the symbol would be
more masculine. Perhaps Bennedict is impying that Claudio only loves Hero for her beauty, and uses the case to signify that he sould find a woman with more substance. This is a metaphor describing Beatrices' insults as "poniards". It adds to the illusion that Beatrice and Bennedict are fighting a "merry war with words." To add to this idea of love being a war, Shakespeare uses recent veterans to create his characters. The quote about men having "one foot on sea one on shore"is used in a song that is constantly repeated throughout the play. This saying creates a dynamic underlying theme about how people make love more difficult than it should be. Using repitition this his platform, Shakespeare creates a comedy supported by the idea that "Men have one foot on sea and one on shore." This phrase impacts the entire play by setting up three main concepts for falling in love. The idea that love should be more simple than it is currently, is set up by these few words. Shakespeare represents his idea of an ideal love life by capturing his audience with the idea that they should simply "Serve God, Love me, and Mend." "Our own hands against our hearts" is a phrase used at the end of the play to represent the love that Beatrice and Benedict have for each other. Each character is one that doesn't believe in love or marriage and fights agianst it until their own "hands" make love inevitable.
This sets a tone in the play for unlikely romance. Bennedict using a personification is insulting Beatrice. The complexity of the put-down hits her deeper. Egging her on, flustering her, getting under her skin. Ultimately we can concur that he doesn't want her, being a woman, to get the better of him. By case, Bennedict could be presuming that
Claudio only loves Hero for her beauty. Implicating this metaphor, he is saying that he should be looking for more than mere looks. LOVE IS LESS COMPLEX THAN WE MAKE IT.
ROMANCE IS UNLIKELY.
FALLING IN LOVE IS WORTH IT. Also, Shakespeare is super fly. Presented by: Anna Barnes & Janna Hurst He is an advocate against love and demonstrates it throughout the play until he is semi-tricked into loving Beatrice, and then he conforms to settling down with her. Crowther, John, ed. “No Fear Much Ado About Nothing.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. 2005. Web. 14 Feb. 2013. WORKS CITED: The characters are timeless. There are always loyal victims, arrogant cowards, and woeful betrayers. Shakespeare creates personas that live on through relation to others situations. Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is capatilizing... Shakespeare's Much Ado about nothing is a tale of the general mahem brought about by romance and marriage. The two main characters, Beatrice and Bennidict, are both skeptics about love until they are tricked into loving each other. Their friends Claudio and Hero love each other but are tricked into believing the other does not love them. In the gerneral caos that follows Shakespeare makes fun of the way love will play with our heads. "But fare thee well, most foul, most fair, farewell
Thou pure impiety and impious purity." This is an example of an oxymoron used by Claudio to describe how Hero is both fair and unclean when he believes she has not been faithful to him.