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Much Ado About Nothing. Starter – What happened in Act 2? Bullet points the events and then think about: What has the atmosphere been like in the play so far? Happy/sad/rejoicing? Has it changed at all? Why/why not?. Learning Objective - to explore the events in Act 3 . .

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Much Ado About Nothing

Starter – What happened in Act 2?

Bullet points the events and then think about:

What has the atmosphere been like in the play so far? Happy/sad/rejoicing? Has it changed at all? Why/why not?

Learning Objective - to explore the events in Act 3.

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We know that Benedick has been fooled into thinking Beatrice loves him … what might come next?

Let’s read Act 3, Scene 1 …

Beatrice’s soliloquy … what we can we learn about her?

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Let’s read Act 3, Scene 2

Claudio and Don Pedro joke about all the outward signs of a man who has fallen in love …

Can you find any examples?

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How has the atmosphere changed in this scene?

What information does Don John bring?

What is Claudio’s reaction?

What does this tell us about his character?

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Let’s read Act 3, Scene 3 where we meet some new characters …

What sort of men are Dogberry and Verges?

What feelings are an audience likely to have for them? Amusement? Contempt? Why?

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In lines 24 – 70, Dogberry tells the watch how to deal with four different kings of wrongdoer.

Using a table, explain why each type would get away with their ‘crime’ if his advice is followed:

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What is the point in having this section in the play?

Do these characters add any comedy to the play?

How and Why?

Dogberry and Verges

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Dogberry and Verges get half their words wrong, providing humour with their ignorance.

Yet like Benedick and Beatrice they are in their own way good-hearted and sincere and the humour of both duos, sophisticated and unsophisticated hinges on punning and verbal display.