Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Much Ado is a romantic comedy that revolves around obstacles presented to two young lovers as well as a merry war of the sexes.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Classics
  • Rating: 4.06
  • Pages: 246
  • Publish Date: 2004 by Simon Schuster
  • Isbn10: 0743482751
  • Isbn13: 9780743482752

What People Think about "Much Ado About Nothing"

Lets make Beatrice and Benedick fall in love! PRINCE JOHN: So, I think Im going to break up Claudio and Hero. PRINCE JOHN: No, see, I dont like Claudio because my half-brother likes him, and I hate my half brother, sowait. BORACHIO AND CONRADE: YAY! BEATRICE: Hey Benedick, you still suck donkey balls. PRINCE JOHN: So guess what Claudio? CLAUDIO: Hero, youre a shameless whore and I hate your stupid face! BEATRICE: Luckily THIS time the priests idea to fake a girls death to solve all her problems actually worked, instead of backfiring horribly. BEATRICE: Yeah, I guess I kind of love you too.

Later in the play, when the plot turns serious and Beatrice demands of Benedick Claudio's death, both she and Benedick embark on a journey toward growing wisdom and deeper love that makes the ending of the play very moving as well as formally complete.

Let's face it, there aren't too many of Shakespeare's females who kick ass.

The other romance is between Claudio, a count and military friend of Benedick's, and Beatrice's cousin Hero, a wealthy heiress. But meanwhile all of Beatrice and Benedick's friends have decided that the war of wits between them is hiding deeper feelings, and in one of the funnier plot developments, decide to trick both of them into thinking the other loves them but will never speak of it because they're too hard-hearted. When things go horribly off the rails between Hero and Claudio, Benedick has a choice to make: his old world of his male buddies or his newly discovered love for Beatrice.

Therefore it is "Much Ado about Nothing" as nothing was really going on, "Much Ado about Noting" as it's concerned with the views the characters have of each others' moral fiber (how they "note" each other), and "Much Ado about Nothing" as it was concerned with Hero's own naughty bits/her virginity.The Terry Pratchett quote at the top is also rather fine:Mind you, the Elizabethans had so many words for the female genitals that it is quite hard to speak a sentence of modern English without inadvertently mentioning at least three of them.With the help of a good online Shakespearian dictionary, I have been carrying out some experiments, and I'm afraid he's right.

I saw an absolutely brilliant version of this play today at Shakespeares Globe in London. But heres the tricky thing about Shakespeare, some of his plays are excellent to read and some of them are not. Some are perfect stage pieces, but boring on the page. Much Ado About Nothing has a simple plot and its built around two central characters, Beatrix and Benedict. Again, this is a play that really needs to be seen.

Review 3 of 5 stars to William Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing. We read this play in my 9th or 10th grade English course as a comparison to his more popular plays such as Macbeth, Othello, Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet, as well as something different from his historical fiction plays about various kings and queens. And I can say that because I've read over 40 of his plays. It's not like I just picked a few up and said "Eh, it's decent," not having read enough to know. Given I tend to like very character-driven stories or complex plots, this one doesn't rank very high on my scale for what I've read. Of course, all English majors should read it.

Count Claudio, who gained glory in battle, in the Prince's army, and a favorite of his royal boss, meets "Hero", lovely daughter of Leonato. So Don John, his men, Borachio, and Conrade, conspire to wreck the marriage of Don Pedro's friend, Claudio. The Prince's brother, is a petty man, and arranges with Don Pedro, Claudio, and himself, to view the apparent, infidelity of Hero, the three secretly watching below her window , at night, with the recognized Borachio, in plain sight, but is the daughter of Leonato, there ?

In the 1906 preface to The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James described the book as an ado about Isabel Archer. Like most of you, Id read some of the plays for study purposes but Id never bought a Shakespeare play for pleasure. To add to the dilemma, the more I looked at the books, the more I found myself wanting to read 'Measure for Measure' too, and 'The Taming of the Shrew', and 'Alls Well that Ends Well', and 'As You Like It', and more, and more. But the ado nevertheless gives us one of Shakespeares most interesting female characters: Beatrice. Im tempted to imitate Henry James with his ado about Isabel Archer and interpret the play as an ado about Beatrice. I began to see parallels between Beatrice and Isabel Archer. When we first meet Beatrice and Isabel, their unconventional manners set them apart immediately. When Beatrice says, 'I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me', we can't but be reminded of Isabel who runs the other way whenever there is talk of love. When Benedick says, Beatrice is wise but for loving me, we sadly remember that Isabel too was wise - but for choosing Gilbert Osmond. I mostly ignored the notes but read the introduction with pleasure once I'd finished the play. And I returned to the bookshop, where, without further ado, I bought Oxford editions of 'Measure for Measure', 'The Taming of the Shrew' and 'Romeo and Juliet', all of which I've since read.

William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.