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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 He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been tr



10 thoughts on “Much Ado About Nothing

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    Much Ado About Nothing, abridged CLAUDIO So, um, Hero, I sorta maybe like you a whole lot will you go to the prom with me HERO We should get married Squeeeeeee BEATRICE Pfft Love is for stupid losers who are stupid BENEDICK You know, you might get laid often if you weren t such a cynical bitch all the time.BEATRICE Fuck you BENEDICK Get in line, sugartits audience is beaten over the head by sexual tension DON PEDRO Hey everybody, I had a great idea Let s make Beatrice and Benedick fall in love EVERYONE YAY MEDDLING PRINCE JOHN So, I think I m going to break up Claudio and Hero.BORACHIO Really That s your dastardly scheme How do we possibly benefit from that PRINCE JOHN No, see, I don t like Claudio because my half brother likes him, and I hate my half brother, so wait Okay, so it s actually a really pointless plan that only serves to create conflict But it s the only way I get any good scenes in this thing, so MISCHIEF AHOY BORACHIO AND CONRADE YAY BEATRICE Hey Benedick, you still suck donkey balls BENEDICK I fart in your general direction Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time BEATRICE I don t want to talk to you no , you empty headed animal food trough wiper PRINCE JOHN So guess what Claudio Your woman totally cheated on you I saw, I was there.CLAUDIO OMG I HATE THAT WHORE DON PEDRO Despite the fact that he s a bastard in all senses of the word and has no reason to be helping me or my friends, I think we should believe John without proof or even asking Hero s side of the story CLAUDIO Hero, you re a shameless whore and I hate your stupid face EVERYONE WTF PRIEST Great job, now Hero s dead from sad CLAUDIO OMG I AM SO REMORSEFUL FORGIVE ME, DEAD HERO HERO Pysche I m really okay BEATRICE Luckily THIS time the priest s idea to fake a girl s death to solve all her problems actually worked, instead of backfiring horribly BENEDICK Hey, that s pretty funny You know, I guess you re not that bad I think I love you, and stuff BEATRICE Yeah, I guess I kind of love you too ANTONIO Close enough Now off to kill Prince John EVERYONE YAY THE END.


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    I don t think Much Ado ranks with Shakespeare s very best for three reasons 1 the plot is weak, particularly the deception that moves things along during the first act why does Don Pedro choose to woo by proxy en masque What is to be gained by it except delay and confusion , 2 Dogberry and Verges are second rate clowns, and 3 Claudio, in his readiness to believe ill of Hero, is too unsympathetic a lover for a non problem comedy On the other hand, whenever Beatrice and Benedict are sparring which is much of the play Much Ado is equal to anything Shakespeare had written up to this point At last he has learned how to take the euphuistic preciousness of Love s Labor s Lost s dialogue, preserve all its wit and courtly delicacy and combine it in casual, idiomatic speech full of character, naturalness and humor 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.


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    Let s face it, there aren t too many of Shakespeare s females who kick ass Yes, we all can name the four or five that don t quite suck Kat, Portia, Viola, Emilia, etc but good strong feminine characters were not, it seems, the bard s strong suit So as you wade through the whiny, conniving, helpless throngs of man worshipping wenches that appear in nearly all Shakespeare plays, it can be tempting to just give up looking for redemption But alas, it is this lack of strong feminine voice that makes the discovery of a truly awesome character like Much Ado About Nothing s Beatrice that much thrilling Beatrice is without a doubt my favorite of all Shakespeare s women She is smart, sardonic, and fierce And while many chide her for her decision to marry, a decision that some argue nullifies any feminist credit she may have accumulated throughout the play, I take issue with the idea that a woman must choose between love and identity How sad to think that to be a strong woman, one must live her life utterly alone so as not to let a man infringe on her sense of self Married or not, Beatrice definitely meets my requirements for a kick ass female


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    here I am reviewing this play exactly 420 years since it came out it s what Beatrice and Benedick would ve wantedSo the thing is This is, in all honesty, the play that got me into Shakespeare I saw that Kenneth Branagh Emma Thompson movie of it when I was maybe eight years old and I loved it so much although I will point out that no adaptation has really understood the vibe of these characters so well as the David Tennant Catherine Tate edition , and so that s why you can hate on this play for making me so obnoxious all the time I am, however, still particularly obnoxious about this specific play This is a Shakespearean comedy that essentially has the central message respecting women is the only true way to be a romantic hero and also is still hysterically funny and also contains Unbearable Tenderness and for that, we have to stan O God, that I were a man I would eat his heart in the marketplace is absolutely one of the most fucking hardcore lines in any Shakespeare play and had impact on me than the entire Star Wars franchise It s a line that is powerful because it feels out of place it is shockingly violent, impossible not to deliver with a snarl quite literally and perhaps most importantly, it is an uncriticized line said by a woman in a play written in 1598 Everything Beatrice says in this play Fucks Beatrice invented feminism and made me the dyke I am today At one point Beatrice accuses Benedick of having lost four of his five brain cells which, hilariously, means that Shakespeare was the original creator of the last brain cell meme The plotline of this play is just Beatrice roasting everyone around her especially Benedick and it s wonderful Must movies be good is it not enough to see Beatrice roasting everyone in the dark, huge The other plotline of this play is that misogyny is awful and ruins your life.I m not kidding From this one Much Ado About Nothing analysis I think about a lot Don John is not the true villain of this play he is merely an agent The real villain of Much Ado About Nothing is the culture of misogyny in Messina. This play begins and ends with the men assuming their wives are about to sleep around on them Leonato jokes about his own wife doing so Claudio allows this assumption to cloud his judgement even Benedick jokes to this effect So as soon as any implication of Hero s infidelity is made, rather than ask or confront or find alibis, Claudio assumes the worst that she has slept with another man the night before their wedding The captain of the guard agrees with him her father, when he hears this, goes along with it as well Benedick is the only male character in the play, including Hero s literal father, who defends Hero in any way from the false accusations The romantic lead to Beatrice, a character who we have earlier seen making misogyny tinged jokes to get a rise out of her, is the only man who believes a woman But from that same analysis Kill Claudio is less a demand that Benedick murder his friend and a plea that he break with the toxic culture of male camaraderie And Benedick agrees In the midst of a play saturated with jokes about women s volubility and defined by the rejection of a supposedly unfaithful woman, he then makes the monumental decision to trust Beatrice He listens to her when she grieves and finally asks her a single question Think you, in your soul that Count Claudio hath wronged Hero When she replies in the affirmative, her word is all the proof he needs to part with the prince and challenge his best friend. Benedick s relevance as a romantic hero is proven narratively by the fact that he believes Hero when she says she hasn t been unfaithful, and believes Beatrice He sees the wrong that has been done to the women around him and he steps away from it So, can we talk about tenderness It s time to talk about tenderness.First of all, Beatrice and Benedick s relationship is absolutely the ultimate romantic comedy and other romantic comedies can t fucking compare the first line that Beatrice says to Benedick is, not even joking, I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior Benedick, nobody marks you he s like why Beatrice I thought you d be dead by now Beatrice gets her revenge by calling Benedick a dull court jester in disguise I mean if any girl ever roasted me that hard I too would risk it all everyone in the show is like wow they keep roasting each other you know what s a good idea make them think the other one is in love with them of course this works they each hide very badly as other people talk around them and if your show does not play with the physical comedy of this it is weak and will not survive the winter seriously one time i saw one where Benedick hid behind a plant and kept walking around Catherine Tate dangled from a hook and David Tennant got flour all over his superman tshirt for this they get Benedick first and then Beatrice shows up to invite him to dinner and is like i ve come against my will to summon you to dinner and he s like there s a double meaning in that you think I m joking but no act two scene three line 260 fucking says hiAnd that s just the comedy part I haven t even started talking about tenderness yet And Benedick, love on I will requite thee, This line, from Beatrice s not quite soliloquy after hearing Benedick is in love with her, is so fucking gorgeous and I think about it all the time and I can t even quite explain why, but the notion of telling someone to keep loving you because you plan to requite it immediately Tender I do love nothing in the world so well as you Is not that strange ladies, imagine this it s the 1590s and your cousin s fiance accuses her of infidelity at the altar everyone, including her father, abandons her, except for your crush who you hated until one 1 day ago he tries to protect your cousin and then also professes his love to you you ask said crush, who happens to be the fiance s best friend, to challenge him he knows she didn t deserve that and he loves you and so he does so, as well as resigning from the famous soldier s company he s a part of, and then he writes a love sonnet to you and also shaves his beard and also plans a marriage proposal Tarry, good Beatrice By this hand, I love thee. Hands I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried in thy eyes and over, I will go with thee to thy uncle s. Like this line is objectively really funny because Beatrice is just talking about going with Benedick to have a conversation with her uncle and he s being an overdramatic bitch again and also it s partially a sex joke but the other thing is that this line is so unbearably tender imagine you ask someone to go with you to your uncle s and they seriously tell you not only do they want to do that but they also want to die in your lap and be buried in your eyes, sort of in a joking tone but also completely meaning it i cant think about that too long or ill absolutely go insaneThey literally fall in love based on a practical joke but they genuinely love each other because they respect each other and each other s wit the romantic heroine keeps threatening men with death and the the romantic hero drinks respecting women juice and also thinks being insulted is hot Romeo and Juliet could never god i want LOVE YES, my love for this play is partly to do with my deep nostalgia No, I do not care And yes, the ending to the Claudio storyline is expected Winter s Tale and All s Well That End s Well say hi, they want their plots back but I think this play genuinely had something very important to say, something that is arguably still relevant And it s also so wonderfully romantic Every time I think about this play I kind of want to cry.If you would like to go feral for 3 hours straight I would like to direct you to the David Tennant Catherine Tate version of this show, available free for your viewing pleasure on Youtube This show is absolutely wonderful at all times but I think this particular version is fairly accessible even to those with no Shakespeare knowledge Highlights include Benedick riding in on a golf cart the fact that during the disguised at the party scene Beatrice is wearing a suit and Benedick is wearing a jean skirt, women s shirt, and tights that scene in which Benedick is laughing at his friends for playing music and starts sarcastically doing pirrouettes the ensuing scene in which he accidentally sticks his hand in flour but then is so shook by someone actually liking him that he rubs it all over his face and shirt and somehow makes it look natural that part where Benedick drinks alcohol using a crazy straw the entire xylophone joke the scene in which they confess their love and they both start laughing really hard and dancing around the room and it s really funny but also so fucking tender i havent stopped thinking about how much i love thatI love this play This is my all time favorite play and I care so much I m so glad it s still as good as I remembered.Blog Twitter Instagram Spotify Youtube About


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    Much Ado about Nothing, written in 1598, interweaves the story of two couples The interesting and definitely amusing one is Benedick and Beatrice, who apparently have a rocky romance in their past history.But now they devote all of their energy in their interactions to insulting each other as wittily as possible, each trying to one up the other.Beatrice wins most of the time The other romance is between Claudio, a count and military friend of Benedick s, and Beatrice s cousin Hero, a wealthy heiress.Claudio comes home from war, takes a look at Hero and all of her huge tracts of land actually they re her father s, but will be Hero s at some point , decides he s in love, makes sure she s her father s only child and heir and then lets his commander, the Prince of Aragon, Don Pedro, propose to Hero on his behalf It s an odd thing, but then most of Hero s and Claudio s relationship plays out in an oddly public manner So when Don Pedro s jealous and mean spirited brother, Don John, decides to torpedo their romance, just because, it goes south in an equally public way.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.There s a lot of humor in this play, much of it very risqu if you know Elizabethan idioms But as is typical of Shakespeare, about half of it went over my head, except where I took the time to read the explanatory footnotes in my Riverside Shakespeare volume one of those books that I would want on my hypothetical desert island if I were stuck there alone for years Dogberry the constable, who inadvertently discovers the plot against Hero but doesn t quite know what to do about it, is one of the highlights, with his constant use of the wrong but almost right word, delightfully and obliviously butchering the English language.Deception is a running theme Don John s deception of Claudio and Don Pedro, everyone s deception of Benedick and Beatrice, Hero s father s deception of Claudio and Don Pedro at the end, even Benedick and Beatrice hiding their true feelings.I highly recommend the delightful 1993 film version of this play, starring the wonderful Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson at their best, as well as Denzel Washington as Don Pedro, Michael Keaton as the hapless Dogberry, Keanu Reeves as the evil Don John, Robert Sean Leonard as Claudio, and a lovely young Kate Beckinsale as Hero, in her film debut.


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    I am probably the last person in the whole history of the world to get it, but, just in case there s someone else left, it occurred to me yesterday that the title of this play had to be a rude pun Five minutes on Google was enough to confirm my suspicions From this page In Shakespeare s time nothing was a euphemism for a woman s naughty bits This gave the title three different yet equally appropriate meanings, as the main conflict over the play revolves around the false implication of Hero losing her virginity to another man while engaged to Claudio 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 have decided to remain mute for the rest of the morning to be on the safe side.


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    Much ado about nothing a comedy, William Shakespeare 1564 1616 Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623 By means of noting which, in Shakespeare s day, sounded similar to nothing as in the play s title, and which means gossip, rumour, and overhearing , Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.Characters A boy, Hero, Ursula, Antonio, Don Pedro, Beatrice, Claudio, Benedick, Don John, Leonato, Dogberry, Friar Francis, Verges, Magaret, Balthazar, Borachio, Conrade, A Sexton, The Watch, InnogenAbstract The action is set in Sicily, where Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, has recently defeated his half brother, the bastard Don John, in a military engagement Apparently reconciled, they return to the capital, Messina, as guests of the Governor, Leonato There Count Claudio, a young nobleman serving in Don Pedro s army, falls in love with Hero, Leonato s daughter, whom Don Pedro woos on his behalf The play s central plot shows how Don John maliciously deceives Claudio into believing that Hero has taken a lover on the eve of her marriage, causing Claudio to repudiate her publicly, at the altar 1972 1329 128 1378 114


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    I saw an absolutely brilliant version of this play today at Shakespeare s Globe in London It was Mexican themed, full of dancing, gunshots, high racing emotions and many moments of farcical humour All in all, it was a great production of an imperfect play If I m ever critical of Shakespeare s works it s because I know how excellent Shakespeare can be The Tempest is one of the best things ever written in the English language Similarly, Richard II is pure poetry, beautiful and powerful, but it is so unimpressive on the stage At least, I ve never seen a decent live version of it There s not much room for spectacle in the play But here s 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 Some manage to succeed in both realms, but not many Much Ado About Nothing is a play that is meant to be performed Like Twelfth Night and all the comedies the real genius of the writing does not come through until it is seen in action Much Ado About Nothing has a simple plot and it s built around two central characters, Beatrix and Benedict Everybody else involved are mere plot devices crafted by Shakespeare Hero, Claudio and Don Pedro, though playing major parts in the action, don t really have much in the way of personality or inner conflict They are simply there to play off the two central characters against each other, and play each other they most certainly do A relationship built on mutual hate sounds like an odd concept, but an apt one Both Beatrix and Benedict have sworn never to marry, so when they finally stumble across their counterparts they are annoyed and in absolute denial about their own feelings.It s easy for the audience to spot such a thing, and seeing the characters slowly realise it is wonderful to behold It leads to many brilliant comedy moments, moments the version I watched was very quick to capitalise on It was mischievous, witty and a very good piece of fun The entire cast nailed it Again, this is a play that really needs to be seen If you find yourself in London this summer, I certainly recommend going to watch it If not you could always try the DVD when it is eventually released if you re really keen.


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    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 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 It was an opportunity to see his brilliance in writing something different and basically about nothing Well not really nothing, but you get the drift.It was a decent play 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 It s Shakespeare of course Everyone loves hates him, depending basically on whether you like this sort of thing or you do not And scholars can argue for hours about what it all meant, who really wrote it, what was being hidden in the lines and characters But for me this was just a normal play.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 Yes, the plot is fairly low key some romance, some issues between couples it didn t have a tremendous amount of magic for me say as something like As You Like It or Twelfth Night Those were memorable characters whom you rooted for despite all odds.It s very strong in terms of language, innuendo, imagery and balance But as far as a leisurely and enjoyable read, I didn t take a whole lot from it Of course, all English majors should read it But if you want some light re exposure to Shakespeare, I wouldn t recommend this one as a starting place About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators polldaddy poll 9729544 polldaddy poll 9719251


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    Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, in Spain, is coming to Messina, the capital of Sicily, for a little RR, just having defeated his treacherous half brother, in battle, with few casualties, nobody important , Don John the Bastard , they are now reconciled again His army needs it, Rest and Relaxation, the governor of that city is his good, longtime friend, Leonato The time, is unstated, but Aragon, ruled that island, in the 15th century 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 No need to say they fall madly in love and are soon engaged Claudio best friend is Benedick, another noble soldier, Hero has a cousin named Beatrice, the other two, don t love each other, quite the reverse The sharp tongued, with wit, Beatrice, is known for causing her suitors, to quietly go into the night, meekly, dejectedly, and afraid The battle of words between these people Beatrice and Benedick , are electrifying, put downs, name calling, venomous insults, anything goes, they fly like trailers in a tornado Don John hates his half brother, Don Pedro, is jealous of his power and position, will always try to embarrass him, if he can t usurp the Prince 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 All is ruined, the distraught Claudio , breaks the engagement at the altar, with angry accusations, Hero faints dead away Her father Leonato and his brother Antonio, are humiliated, shamed and later on very enraged, these ancient gentlemen want revenge, family honor demands it But what can they do In another strange turn of events, with the help of the Prince and a masquerade ball, Beatrice and Benedick, unknowingly dance together , soon after , start to really like each other And the villains, Borachio and Conrade, are shortly arrested by the night watchmen of the city , overhearing them talking about some interesting secrets, information, that is vital to many people Brought to their leaders, Dogberry, the chief and his deputy, Verges, both speak a kind of language, that only they can understand, their words mean exactly the opposite, of what is said, Dogberry says to his men, about the criminals, Come, take away the plaintiffs and Don t you suspect my office The clownish, kindhearted, old men, have seen better days, will these friends, be able to find out the crimes of Don John, before it is too late Shakespeare, the greatest writer who ever lived, has another superb play, one of many, in his illustrious and unequaled career.


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