Much Ado About Nothing Analysis
Terms in this set (48)
Characteristics of joyous comedies
1. Characters chiefly motivated by love
2. Present at least one highly idealized (perfect) heroine
3. Display love subject to difficulties
4. Plot leads to easy reconciliation and a happy ending
What does Don John refer to himself as in Act 1?
plain dealing villain
"Plain dealing villain" is a metaphor for what?
dealing cards (dealing cards face up)
he doesn't want to hide who he is
In Act 2, Benedick refers to Claudio as what?
Why does Benedick refer to Claudio as an oyster?
he doesn't have a backbone
Where does the play take place?
Messina in the kingdom of Aragon
In Act 1, Benedick says that Beatrice and Hero are like what?
Beatrice is like the first day of May and Hero is like the last of December
What does Benedick mean by that?
Beatrice is prettier than Hero
Characters think Benedick hates Beatrice, but we know he likes her
What allusions does Claudio give in Act 4?
He thinks that Hero is pure like Diane (virgin goddess of the moon) but really she is like Venus (a stale)
When something funny happens after a moment of tension
What was the comic relief in Much Ado?
Dogberry and Verges
taming of wild animals
Beatrice compares Benedick to a disease
What does Beatrice say about Benedick? (disease)
"O Lord, he will hang upon him like a disease! God help the noble Claudio! If he have caught the Benedick, it will cost him a thousand pound ere 'a be cured."
messenger compares Claudio to a lion in terms of valor, to a lamb because of his youth
What does the messenger say about Claudio?
"He hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age, doing in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion." (Act 1, Scene 1)
Don Pedro, after fooling Benedick, plans the same task for Beatrice "Let there be the same net spread for her."
Implied Beatrice is a fish, but we've used the idea of netting someone so often that we don't see it as figurative anymore.
Benedick makes the act of courtesy a turncoat (traitor)
"Then is courtesy a turncoat"
Significance of title
2 pronunciations of "Nothing"
Don John creates the appearance that Hero is unfaithful to Claudio, and Claudio and Don Pedro come to believe this lie. The real conflict that underlies all of this "ado about nothing" may be that Claudio, Don Pedro, and Benedick share a suspicion of marriage as a trap in which husbands are bound to be controlled and deceived, but they also deeply desire to be married. (Internal)
Claudio falls in love with Hero
Benedick, Don Pedro, and Claudio express their anxieties about marriage in jokes and witty banter
Don Pedro woos Hero on Claudio's behalf
The villainous Don John creates the illusion that Hero is a whore
Claudio rejects Hero at the alter, insulting her and accusing her of unchaste behavior
Don Pedro supports Claudio
Benedick, who is most opposed to women and love at the beginning of the play, sides with Hero and his future wife, Beatrice
Benedick challenges Claudio to a duel for slandering Hero
Leonato proclains publicly that Hero died of grief at being falsely accused
Hero's innocence is brought to light by Dogberry
Claudio and Don Pedro repent
By blindly marrying a masked woman whom he believes he has never met, Claudio shows that he has abandoned jealous suspicions and fears of being controlled, and that he is ready to marry
He is rewarded by discovering that his bride is actually Hero
Don John's plan to cross Claudio out of jealousy in Act 1
Benedick and Beatrice's witty insults foreshadow their falling in love
Claudio thought Hero was like Diane, but discovered she was like Venus
Benedick says he wouldn't marry Beatrice if she had all the wealth of the Garden of Eden
Wisdom in the mouth of the... (recurring motif in many plays)
Symbolism of bad weather
"Thou will be condemned in everlasting redemption."
"Come lady, die to live. This wedding day // Perhaps is put prolonged. Have patience and endure."
Calls Beatrice - "my dear Lady Disdain"
"I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me." (Act 1, Scene 1)
Prince (to Benedick) **
"Thou wast ever an obstinate heretic in the despite of beauty."
Prince (to Hero) **
"Speak low if you speak love." (Act 2, Scene 1)
Don John **
calls himself "a plain dealing villain"
"There is a kind of merry war betwixt Signor Benedick and her. They never met but there's a skirmish of wit between them."
"Friendship is constant in all other things//Save in the office and affairs of love..." (Act 2, Scene 1)
"Dost thou not suspect my place? Dost thou not suspect my years? O that he were here to write me down an ass! But masters, remember that I am an ass. Though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an ass. No, thou villain, thou art full of piety, as shall be proved upon thee by good witness. I am a wise fellow, and which is more, an officer, and which is more, a householder, and which is more, as pretty a piece of flesh as any is in Messina, and one that knows that law, go to...and one that hath two gowns, and everything handsome about him. Bring him away. O that I had been writ down my ass!" (Act 4, Scene 2)
"I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that strange?" (Act 4)
"In brief, since I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the world can say against it; and therefor never flout at me for what I have said against it: for man is a giddy thing. And that this is my conclusion." (Act 5)
"They say the lady is fair. 'Tis a truth, I can bear them witness. And virtupus--'tis so, I cannot reprove it. And wise, but for loving me. By my troth, it is no addition to her wit--nor no great argument of her folly, for I will be horribly in love with her." (Act 2, Scene 3)
"There's her cousin, an she were not possessed with a fury, exceeds her as much in beauty as the first of may doth the last of December." (Act 1, Scene 1)
"I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest." (Act 4)