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Much Ado about Nothing. Starter – remind your partner of the characters we will meet in the play. Learning Objective – to explore the characters of Beatrice and Benedick at the beginning of the play. .

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Much ado about nothing

Much Ado about Nothing

Starter – remind your partner of the characters we will meet in the play

Learning Objective – to explore the characters of Beatrice and Benedick at the beginning of the play.


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Learning Objective – to explore the characters of Beatrice and Benedick at the beginning of the play.

Which AO do you think we will be focusing on?

AO2 – Demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts.


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Let’s read the opening of the play …

Read up to where we meet Benedick …

What is happening in the opening?

Which characters have we met?

What are they like?


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Beatrice and Benedick …

This scene is important in establishing the relationship between the main characters and introducing some of the themes of the play.

Why do you think there is a ‘merry war’ between Benedick and Beatrice?


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Key Words:

Euphuism

A kind of prose writing which is exaggeratedly elaborate, full of antitheses, alliteration, similes and learned allusions. This style was very popular in the late sixteenth century.

Hyperbole

Emphasis by exaggeration

Irony

Sarcasm, saying one thing whilst meaning another

Which characters have we seen using these?

Find one example of each and then write a sentence explaining how it contributes to comedy.


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Task: In pairs, re-read the conversation between Beatrice and Benedick and transcribe it into modern speech.

You will then perform it to the rest of the class!

Extension: Who do you think wins the war of words between them in this scene? Why?


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Task …

Group 2:

Re-read the whole scene and examine the comments of Beatrice. What does this tell you about the position of women in society at this time?

You should find quotes to support your ideas!

Group 1:

Re-read the whole scene and compare the way that Benedick and Claudio talk about women in this scene.

You should find quotes to support your ideas!

Which AO is this focusing on?

AO4: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.


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Homework

(due on Monday)

Write two P.E.E. paragraphs analysing how Shakespeare presents the characters of Beatrice and Benedick in the opening scene.

Focus closely on the language to support your ideas on what the verbal sparring between them reveals about:

Their characters

Their relationship


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