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Title: Much Ado about Nothing


1
Much Ado about Nothing
  • Fabio Pesaresi
  • fpesaresi_at_alice.it

2
English drama
  • Mistery Plays
  • Miracle Plays
  • Morality Plays
  • Interludes

3
Elizabethan drama
  • University Wits
  • Spanish Tragedy
  • (1885 c.)
  • Popular theatre
  • Propaganda theatre

4
Morality Plays
  • Moral teaching
  • Allegorical stories
  • Everyman

5
Jacobean London
Visscher c. 1616
6
The Globe
7
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8
William Shakespeare
9
23rd april 1564
  • Is born at Stratford-upon-Avon

10
1582
  • Marries Anne Hathaway

11
1592
  • Robert Greene
  • "...for there is an upstart Crow, beautified with
    our feathers, that with his Tygers hart wrapt in
    a Players hyde, supposes he is as well able to
    bombast out a blanke verse as the best of you
    and being an absolute Johannes fac totum, is in
    his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a
    countrey"

12
1599
  • Construction of the Globe Theatre

'Totus mundus agit histrionem'
13
23rd april 1616
  • Dies at Stratford-upon-Avon

14
Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99)
15
Messina
  • Leonato
  • Antonio Hero Beatrice

16
Don Pedro of Aragon
17
  • Don Pedro
  • Don John Claudio Benedick

18
Don John
19
Couples
  • Ideal love
  • Claudio - Hero

20
Benedick and Beatrice
The skirmish
21
The masqued ball
  • Don Pedro courts Hero for his friend Claudio
  • Don John insinuates the Don Pedro is in love with
    Hero

22
Playing
  • Friends want Benedick and Beatrice to fall in
    love with each other

23
The deceit
  • Don John makes Claudio and Don Pedro
  • Believe that Hero has a secret lover

24
The repudiation
  • Claudio believes his eyes
  • and
  • rejects Hero on their wedding day

25
The stratagem
  • Friar Francis
  • proposes to pretend that Hero has died

26
  • what we have we prize not to the worth Whiles we
    enjoy it, but being lack'd and lost,  Why, then
    we rack the value, then we find  The virtue that
    possession would not show us  Whiles it was ours

27
Love declared
  • Benedick declares his love to Beatrice
  • who reciprocates

28
The proof of love
  • Beatrice to Benedick
  • Kill Claudio

29
The revelation
  • The guards discover Borachio boasting about the
    trick played

30
Repentance
  • Claudio repents for harming Hero

31
The punishment
  • Claudio accepts to
  • Declare publicly his mistake
  • Marry Leonatos niece, without seeing her

32
The double wedding
Claudio and Hero
33
Benedick and Beatrice
34
Shakesperian themes
  • Plots and sublots
  • Deceit
  • Evolution of characters
  • Fight between good and evil

35
  • Puns
  • Mixture of genres and registers
  • Allegorical meaning
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