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									Much Ado About
 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
  don’t. There will be some humour in a
In fact Much Ado About Nothing
      is a Romantic Comedy
   Romantic comedies are very popular films
    today, here are a few examples of Romantic
   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

Whatare 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

   How do we lay out a play script??????
              Drama Skills
Now you have written your play scripts, you
  should now rehearse. You must concentrate
 Speaking clearly and confidently
 Using gesture and voice intonation to express
 Using body language to express yourself
 Using facial expressions to express yourself
 Don’t turn your back to the audience at any
 Make eye contact with the other actors
 The SATs Shakespeare Paper
The paper is 45 minutes long. It assesses your reading.
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 following:
      text in performance
      character and motivation
      language of the text
      ideas, themes and issues
  Watching the Film of Much Ado
         About Nothing
        The Characters…
 Don   John the villain

 Don   Pedro, the Prince of Aragon

 Claudio,   the young Florentine who loves
 Hero
 Watching the Film of Much Ado
        About Nothing
       The Characters…
 Benedick   and Beatrice
   Fill in the gaps plot summary
    based on watching the film
Complete attached worksheet
          Women in the 1500’s
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 1500’s 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 1500’s.
This is why Don John’s evil plan was such a good one!
        The Film

What   did you think of the
          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

                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   How are the audience
  lines 1-24            introduced to Leonato
 Write a summary of    in William
  what has happened     Shakespeare’s Much
  as a class            Ado About Nothing?
         Writing a response…
 You are writing a response to the Leonato question on
  your ‘Writing a Response’ Sheet - Leonato:
 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
 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
        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
                  Lines 1-24
What does each quote below reveal about
 ‘young florentine’
 Don Pedro has ‘bestowed much honour on him’
 ‘He hath borne himself beyond the promise of
  his age..’
 ‘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
                 her first words on Benedick
                  ‘He set up his bills here in Messina and challenged
                  Cupid at the flight; and my uncle’s fool, reading the
                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, Beatrice’s uncle, has set out
                            to prove Benedick wrong

What impression do the audience get of Benedick now?
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

These activities are on the ‘Beatrice…her first words on Benedick’
‘He’ll be meet with you, I doubt it
 Leonatosays 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
            Go to worksheets on lines 30-78
       There is kind of merry war
      betwixt Signior Benedick and
They never meet but there is a skirmish
 of wit between them…

What does this tell you about the
 relationship between Beatrice and

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 paragraph

Go to the Beatrice and Benedick essay and plan
                         P E E
Beatrice clearly has little faith in Benedick’s 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
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 point.)
               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 Hero’s father: ‘Were
  you in doubt sir, that you asked her?’
This joking makes Benedick out as a joker,
  someone who teases, someone who doesn’t
  take life seriously and someone who doesn’t
  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

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 Beatrice’s and Benedick’s exchange of insults, all
  of the characters go into Leonato’s house. Claudio
  and Benedick remain behind. Claudio tells Benedick
  that he has fallen in love with Hero. Benedick laughs
  at Claudio’s 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: Leonato’s 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 Claudio’s intention to marry Hero. Don
  John, a villain, immediately begins thinking of ways to
  ruin Claudio’s happiness.
  Summary of Act 2, Scene 1 up
     until your key section
There is a masked ball at Leonato’s 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

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