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Much Ado About Nothing. Dramatic Techniques. Structure. 5 act play with a time span of 1-2 days Follows the traditional structure – exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution. Genre – comedy. Setting. Messina – think about the significance of the setting.

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much ado about nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Dramatic Techniques

structure
Structure
  • 5 act play with a time span of 1-2 days
  • Follows the traditional structure – exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution.
  • Genre – comedy
setting
Setting
  • Messina – think about the significance of the setting.
title of the play
Title of the Play
  • What is the significance of the title?
  • The title of the play is a pun
  • Word play on “nothing” – ‘noting’ – one of the key themes of the play
  • The false conversations, eavesdropping, misunderstandings that occur as a result.
  • Links to the theme of deception – find egs
puns and word play
Puns and word play
  • Think about the language that’s used especially between Beatrice and Benedick (act 1 sc 1).
  • What does it say about the characters?
  • Dogberry and misuse of language (malapropisms) – causes confusion and adds to the comedy of the play
imagery
Imagery
  • Imagery that is used – taming “taming my wild heart to thy loving hand” (act 3 sc 1)
  • “in time the savage bull doth bear the yoke” (act 1 sc 1)
  • this imagery is connected to Beatrice and Benedick.
  • Imagery of war – “they never met but there is a skirmish of wit between them” (act 1 sc 1)
  • What does this suggest about the characters.
characterisation
Characterisation
  • Look at the development of the characters.
  • Think about the contrasts between the two sets of lovers – Claudio/Hero & Beatrice/Benedick – what does the audience learn about love? Self discovery? Deception?
  • Changes in characters – Benedick & Beatrice – look at the changes in their language – link to self discovery.
  • The purpose of Dogberry and the Watch?
  • Good guys/bad guys? – purpose of Don John?