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    “Often Branagh makes cleverly seamless
     internal cuts in long speeches, especially
     those involving highly figured and
     elaborate wordplay for Benedick and
     Beatrice. . . . As you compare script,
     screenplay, and film, you might ask
     yourself whether Branagh has sacrificed
     too much of the language to achieve his
     goal of telling the story “with the utmost
     clarity and simplicity.” (Bevington, ed.,
     269-270)
One-page paper assignment

    Comment on the long opening of Branagh
     movie.
     – cf. pp. 48-49 on film v. drama
    Consider how cutting lines changes the
     representation of Benedict compared to
     Beatrice.
     – Compare screenplay on pp. 270 to 276 to full
       text of the play.
General
introduction/Thesis/Argument
    Hollywood likes/dislikes long/short visual
     introductions.
    Branagh is/is not an exception
    His cuts make Beatrice/Benedick
     less/more
     witty/boring/attractive/unattractive than the
     play/printed script
    Because Beatrice primps/reads
     poetry/smiles a lot
    Because Benedick rides a horse/is less
     mocking/scared of the yoke of marriage
Thesis Statements

    Limited
    Meaningful
    Argumentative
    Exact
Limited thesis (or topic
sentence)
    President Bush is the best president.
    President Bush requires loyalty of his
     subordinates.
    Shakespeare is the world’s greatest
     playwright.
    Shakespeare created memorable
     characters.
Argumentative

    In my opinion, Beatrice is hot.
    Although she talks a lot and isn’t
     obviously flirtatious, Beatrice rocks.
Meaningful

    Travel by plane saves time.
     – Yawn
    Shakespeare was a good writer.
     – Does anyone disagree?
Exact

    Shakespeare is not boring.
     – What does boring mean? Can you write
       a whole paper about not being boring?
       It’s hard to define.
    Macbeth is a fascinating character.
Exact

    Macbeth’s early recognition of guilt
     increases his conflict.
     – Limited subject: recognition of guilt
     – Limited predicate: increases his guilt.
    First you explain how he recognizes
     his guilt (introduction to the subject);
     then you state your thesis; then you
     show how his guilt increases by
     giving some examples (defense of
     what you say about the subject).
Unity and Coherence

    Write in paragraphs.
    Check you paragraphs for
     – Topic sentence
     – Unity
     – Coherence
Topic Sentence

    A topic sentence has a subject and a
     predicate
    The predicate, or verb part of the
     sentence, has a pointer. Everything
     in the paragraph should point in the
     same direction.
    Use the topic sentence to test for
     unity.
Unity:
Does the sentence belong?
    1) No source has been found for the
     “merry war”between Benedick and
     Beatrice, although precedents are to be
     found in Shakespeare’s earlier plays,
     especially in the contest of wits between
     Petruchio and Kate. 2) Shakespeare loved
     to write. 3) He also hated his wife. 4)
     Similarly, no source has been identified
     for Dogberry. 5) But the Hero-Claudio plot
     has a long history.
Coherence: Where does the
sentence belong?
    Rearrange these sentences. Use logical
     ordering principles, particularly
     chronology:
    From the start Beatrice demonstrated
     concern for Benedick, albeit under the
     guise of joking. She is curious whether he
     has shown himself valiant in battle and
     wishes to know who his current friends
     are. She fears revealing her love. Beatrice
     scoffs at marriage. Both Beatrice and
     Benedick adopt postures that protect them
     from revealing their true feelings. (p. 223)
Unity

    Egypt was civilized long before there was
     any written history of the country. Egypt
     has an area of 386,000 square miles.
     Ancient Egptians knew about embalming.
     The Nile River has been dammed. The
     Egyptians carried on commerce. There is
     fertile farmland beside the river. Egyptians
     have always been religious. They built
     great pyramids.
           (from Kroiter, The Five-Hundred Word Theme)
Coherence:

    A year spent teaching in the shacks
     adjacent to the cityi schools provides a
     unique education to any teacher. The
     classroom temperature gets awfully cold
     sometimes. You cannot imagine how hard
     it is to teach when it is forty-six degrees in
     side the building. Field mice race over the
     student lockers. As summer approaches,
     the teacher would gladly trade her unique
     experience for anyone’s traditional
     classroom. The water fountain is so far
     away that it occupies a good part of the
     class time for teacher and students to get
     a drink.
Coherence: maintain “point of
view” when possible
    A year spent teaching in the shacks
     provides a unique education to any
     teacher. She learns to adjust to a
     cold classroom. She learns to cope
     with field mice. As summer
     approaches, she would gladly trade
     her experience for a traditional
     classroom. She learns to control her
     thirst, since the water fountain is so
     far away.
Coherence: use
chronological order where
possible.
    A year spent teaching in the shacks
     provides a unique education to any
     teacher. In the fall she learns to cope with
     field mice. In winter, she learns to adjust
     to a cold classroom. In the spring, she
     learns to control her thirst, since the water
     fountain is so far away. As summer
     approaches, she would gladly trade her
     experience for a traditional classroom.
Subordination

    Put the main idea in the main clause
     of the sentence
     – A clause is a group of words with a
       subject and verb.
    The topic sentence of the paragraph
     determines the main idea.
Subordination

    The play has wordplay, double meanings,
     and malapropisms. The messenger
     announces that Claudio has done feats of
     a lion. Beatrice’s first line is “Senor
     Mountanto.” Beatrice has a sharp tongue.
     Wordplay can be elaborate. Wordplay can
     be metaphoric. Benedick uses elaborate
     wordplay. Dogberry uses malapropisms.
     Frank Kermode is a critic.
Pointer: characters use
playful language
   The language of comedy is filled with wordplay, double
     meanings, and malapropisms as several characters speak
     a kind of playful bandinage;Beatrice and Benedick are the
     most skillful players in the contest.From the messenger’s
     first announcement that Claudio has done”in the figure of a
     lamb the feats of a lion,”and Beatrice’s first line borrowing a
     sexually charged fencing metaphor to call Benedick “Senor
     Mountanto,” others join in the verbal gamesmanship.
     Several are actually defined by their use of language:
     Beatrice with her “sharp tongue,” Benedick with his ever-more
     elaborate metaphoric wordplay, and Dogberry with his
     malapropisms.

   Underline = subject of sentence; bold = verb or predicate.

				
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