Presentation on theme: "Much Ado About Nothing A Comedy By William Shakespeare First printed as a play in 1623."— Presentation transcript:
Much Ado About Nothing A Comedy By William Shakespeare First printed as a play in 1623
Background Information Set in the town of Messina in Sicily, Italy. Tragicomedy or Comedy: happy ending with the potential for ending in tragedy The five acts follow two pairs of lovers. Romance between Claudio and Hero forms the main plot, the action is in fact mostly concerned with their counterparts, Benedick and Beatrice, whose love-hate relationship develops over the course of the play.love-hate relationship
Nothing or Noting- a quadruple entendre Nothing was pronounced as noting or observing Claudio:Didst thou note the daughter of Signor Leonato? Benedick: I noted her not, but I looked on her. Noting also an allusion to musical notes (stop arguing and make music).
4 th meanings of noting No thing – or a vulgar term during Shakespeares time for a woman. Innuendo and bawdy language is part of the humor in this play. Puns – words that look alike but have different meanings A man to a man: stuffed with all honorable virtues … he is no less than a stuffed man.
Comedy – Word play Malapropism: misusing words ridiculously; confusion of words that are similar in sound. Ex: oderous for odious Dogberry: You are thought here to be the most senseless and fit man for the constable of the watch…(sensible).
Prose rather than verse Most of the characters speak in prose Verse spoken by the young lovers: Claudio and Hero Verse spoken by those in authority: Leonato (governor) and Friar Francis (priest).
Themes Road to marriage is often lined with pitfalls and impediments People often wear masks to hide their true feelings All is not what it seems Love is NOT blind Love IS blind A womans chastity is a treasure no man should possess except in marriage