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Title: Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing
  • By
  • William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing
  • Was written by William Shakespeare sometime
    between 1596-1599
  • It is a comedy. What does this mean? Discuss
    with a partner…
  • In dramatic terms a comedy is a play with a
    happy ending in which things could possibly turn
    tragically wrong but dont. There will be some
    humour in a comedy

In fact Much Ado About Nothing is a Romantic
  • Romantic comedies are very popular films today,
    here are a few examples of Romantic Comedies
  • Just Like Heaven
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Notting Hill
  • Can you think of any more similar films which
    you would call a Romantic Comedy?

Romantic Comedies
  • What are the things that you expect… the
    conventions… of Romantic Comedies?

Pre-reading Speaking and Listening activity…
  • In groups of roughly 4 persons, write a brief
    play script. The scenario is a group of
    friends meet. Two of the friends used to go out
    with each other, the girl is called Beatrice and
    the boy is called Benedick. They actually still
    have feelings for each other but try to pretend
    that they hate each other. They are rude and
    insulting to each other and try to get the better
    of each other all of the time…
  • How do we lay out a play script??????

Drama Skills
  • Now you have written your play scripts, you
    should now rehearse. You must concentrate on
  • Speaking clearly and confidently
  • Using gesture and voice intonation to express
  • Using body language to express yourself
  • Using facial expressions to express yourself
  • Dont turn your back to the audience at any time
  • Make eye contact with the other actors

The SATs Shakespeare Paper
  • The paper is 45 minutes long. It assesses your
  • You will have one task to respond to which will
    be on one or both of your set extracts from your
    set scenes Act 1, Scene 1 lines 1-123 and
    Act 2, Scene 1 lines 183-end.
  • You will need to know the scenes well and to plan
    your answer. The question could focus on the
  • text in performance
  • character and motivation
  • language of the text
  • ideas, themes and issues

Watching the Film of Much Ado About Nothing The
  • Don John the villain
  • Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon
  • Claudio, the young Florentine who loves Hero
  • Hero

Watching the Film of Much Ado About Nothing The
  • Benedick and Beatrice

Fill in the gaps plot summary based on watching
the film
  • Complete attached worksheet

Women in the 1500s
  • Women had very few rights during this time.
    Society in both England and Italy was very
    patriarchal this means that society was
    dominated by men girls had to obey their
    fathers and then their husbands. For daughters
    of noblemen (such as Leonato) their marriages
    were often arranged. Most importantly, a woman
    MUST be a virgin when she is married.
  • The fact that Claudio believed (wrongly) that
    Hero was not a virgin A belief which caused him
    to publicly humiliate Hero on her wedding day
    was, during the 1500s a perfectly acceptable
    reaction. The fact that Leonato was so angry and
    violent towards Hero when she was declared a
    loose woman was, again, a perfectly acceptable
    reaction in the 1500s.
  • This is why Don Johns evil plan was such a good

The Film
  • What did you think of the film?

Reading the Play
  • Your first Set SATs Scene for 2007 is Act 1,
    Scene 1 lines 1-123 (I learn in this letter…
    to …You always end…of old)
  • Lines 1-24
  • In pairs, read these lines and answer the
    questions on the attached worksheet.

Reading Lines 1-24
  • As a class read the lines 1-24
  • Write a summary of what has happened as a class

Writing a response…
  • You are writing a response to the Leonato
    question on your Writing a Response Sheet -
  • Each arm on your brainstorm will become a small
    paragraph in your response
  • You must add on an introduction at the start
  • You must add on a conclusion at the end
  • You must use at least 1 quote per paragraph
  • You must refer back to the question at least once
    per paragraph
  • You must use connectives (see your connectives
    sheet) at the beginning of paragraphs and
    sentences in the middle of sentences follow
    your connective with a comma

Sample Introduction
  • Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy written by
    William Shakespeare. It is set in Messina, Italy
    in the sixteenth century. In lines 1-24 (Act 1,
    Scene 1) the audience learn that the Prince of
    Aragon is coming to Messina and that Claudio
    fought well in the recent battle.

Sample Paragraph
  • In the first twenty four lines of Much Ado About
    Nothing, the audience learn that Leonato is a
    wise man who has fought in wars,
  • A victory is twice itself when the achiever
    brings home full numbers.
  • This quote suggests that Leonato knows what a war
    is and knows how wonderful it is not to lose too
    many soldiers. It also suggests that he knows
    exactly what it is like to lose many men in

Claudio Lines 1-24
  • What does each quote below reveal about Claudio?
  • young florentine
  • Don Pedro has bestowed much honour on him
  • He hath borne himself beyond the promise of his
  • doing in the figure of a lamb the feats of a
  • He hath an uncle here in Messina

As pleasant as he ever was
  • The messenger says
  • this of Signior Benedick
  • of Padua.
  • What does this tell
  • you about him?
  • Go to worksheets on lines 30-78

Beatrice her first words on Benedick
  • He set up his bills here in Messina and
  • Cupid at the flight and my uncles fool, reading
  • Challenge, subscribed for Cupid, and challenged
    him at
  • The bird-bolt
  • She says
  • Benedick has challenged all in Messina by saying
    that he WILL NOT fall in love with any woman.
    Leonato, Beatrices uncle, has set out to prove
    Benedick wrong
  • What impression do the audience get of Benedick
  • Why might Beatrice say this about him?
  • Go to worksheets on lines 30-78

Beatrice…her first words on Benedick
continued… …how many hath he killed and eaten in
these wars…For indeed I promised to eat all of
his killing… The fact that Benedick killed and
ate whom he killed tells you what about how
Beatrice sees Benedick? Why too might she
promise to eat all of his killing? He is a very
valiant trencher-man Beatrice says that
Benedick eats a lot, in other words that he is
greedy… These activities are on the
Beatrice…her first words on Benedick worksheets.
Hell be meet with you, I doubt it not
  • Leonato says that he is quite sure that
    Benedick will get even with Beatrice for all of
    the mean things that she is saying about him
  • What does this tell you about the relationship
    between Beatrice and Benedick?
  • Go to worksheets on lines 30-78

There is kind of merry war betwixt Signior
Benedick and her…
  • They never meet but there is a skirmish of wit
    between them…
  • What does this tell you about the relationship
    between Beatrice and Benedick?
  • Go to worksheets on lines 30-78

Beatrice on Benedick…
  • In our last conflict four of his five wits went
    halting off…Who is his companion now? He hath
    every month a new sworn brother.
  • Beatrice says of Benedick that he is a sandwich
    short of a picnic and
  • That each month he has a new best friend
  • What does this tell you about how she sees him?
  • Go to worksheets on lines 30-78

In lines 30-78 what do the audience learn about
the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick?
  • Use the activities on your Worksheets to help you
    with your brainstorm for this assignment each
    arm on the brainstorm becomes a paragraph
  • Add on an introduction (look back at your
    previous introduction)
  • Add on a conclusion a paragraph at the end
    which sums up all that you have learnt about
    Beatrice and her relationship with Benedick
  • Use connectives
  • Use one quote per paragraph
  • Make a point, use evidence to back it up, explain
    how the evidence helps to back up the point you
    have made (see attached example)
  • Refer back to the question at least once per
  • Go to the Beatrice and Benedick essay and plan

  • Beatrice clearly has little faith in Benedicks
    ability to fight like a brave man and a strong
    soldier. (This is the point.)
  • But how many hat he killed? For
  • indeed I Promised to eat all of his killing.
    (This is the evidence.)
  • This quote clearly reveals that Beatrice does not
    think very highly of Benedick as it shows her
    doubting the number of men he could kill and it
    shows her being sarcastic. For if she offered to
    eat all of the men that he killed she cannot
    think he would kill very many. Hence, it clearly
    shows the audience that Beatrice does not hold
    Signior Benedick in very high esteem. (This is
    the evidence explained, clearly it links with the

Lines 79-97
  • Don Pedro arrives he is obviously pleased to see
    Leonato and Leonato is likewise pleased to see
    Don Pedro.
  • Bendick jokes with Leonato about whether he
    doubted that he was Heros father Were you in
    doubt sir, that you asked her?
  • This joking makes Benedick out as a joker,
    someone who teases, someone who doesnt take life
    seriously and someone who doesnt believe that
    women are honest…

Lines 98-123
  • Beatrice and Benedick talk to one another and
    insult each other. They try to get the better of
    one another.
  • Match the translation to the Shakespearean
    version using the cut up lines
  • Then, using the worksheet, write your response to
    the relationship between Beatrice and Benedick in
    these lines

Summary Act 1, Scene 1 Key Scene Lines 1-123
  • Leonato learns that Don Pedro, victorious in the
    recent wars, is coming to Messina that night.
    Claudio has fought well in the war. Benedick is
    coming too. Beatrice teases the messenger about
    Benedick. The soldiers arrive and Benedick and
    Beatrice insult each other.

Summary of the remainder of Act 1, Scene 1
  • After Beatrices and Benedicks exchange of
    insults, all of the characters go into Leonatos
    house. Claudio and Benedick remain behind.
    Claudio tells Benedick that he has fallen in love
    with Hero. Benedick laughs at Claudios falling
    in love so suddenly and tells Don Pedro all about
    it. Benedick has a very negative view of love
    and marriage and both Claudio and Don Pedro side
    with each other against Benedick. Both Claudio
    and Don Pedro have a positive attitude towards
    love and marriage. In private, Claudio asks Don
    Pedro for his help in wooing Hero. Don Pedro
    approves such a match as the one between Claudio
    and Hero. Don Pedro offers to woo Hero for
    Claudio and he offers to obtain permission from
    Leonato for Claudio to court and to marry his
    daughter Hero.

Summary of the rest of Act 1 (up until your next
key scene)
  • Act 1, Scene 2 Leonatos servant incorrectly
    tells him that Don Pedro is in love with Hero.
    Leonato is pleased but decides to wait and see
    what happens between Don Pedro and his daughter.
  • Act 1, Scene 3 Don Pedro tells his friend
    Conrade that he is unhappy about the
    reconciliation with his half brother (Don Pedro).
    Borachio tells Conrade and Don John about
    Claudios intention to marry Hero. Don John, a
    villain, immediately begins thinking of ways to
    ruin Claudios happiness.

Summary of Act 2, Scene 1 up until your key
  • There is a masked ball at Leonatos house.
    Beatrice insults a masked Benedick and upsets
    him. Claudio becomes very upset when he is told
    by Benedick who was told by Don John that Don
    Pedro is wooing Hero for himself…

Act 2, Scene 1 Lines 183 to the end
  • Patriarchy, willow trees and birds…
  • Go to the worksheets on this section

Practice SATs Questions
  • Go to the worksheets on this section……

SATs 2008
  • Watch this space……