Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing Sparkling with the witty dialogue between Beatrice and Benedicts Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare s most enjoyable and theatrically successful comedies This edition offers a newly edited

Sparkling with the witty dialogue between Beatrice and Benedicts, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare s most enjoyable and theatrically successful comedies.This edition offers a newly edited text and an exceptionally helpful and critically aware introduction Paying particular attention to analysis of the play s minor characters, Sheldon P Zitner discusses ShakespSparkling with the witty dialogue between Beatrice and Benedicts, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare s most enjoyable and theatrically successful comedies.This edition offers a newly edited text and an exceptionally helpful and critically aware introduction Paying particular attention to analysis of the play s minor characters, Sheldon P Zitner discusses Shakespeare s transformation of his source material He rethinks the attitudes to gender relations that underlie the comedy and determine its view of marriage.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .Allowing for the play s openness to reinterpretation by successive generations of readers and performers, Zitner provides a socially analytic stage history, advancing new views for the actor as much as for the critic.

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Much Ado About Nothing

  1. William Shakespeare Barbara A. Mowat Paul Werstine Gail Kern Paster RobertJackson says:
    William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.

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  1. Much Ado About Nothing, abridged CLAUDIO So, um, Hero, I sorta maybe like you a whole lot will you go to the prom with me HERO We should get married Squeeeeeee BEATRICE Pfft Love is for stupid losers who are stupid BENEDICK You know, you might get laid often if you weren t such a cynical bitch all the timeATRICE Fuck you BENEDICK Get in line, sugartits audience is beaten over the head by sexual tension DON PEDRO Hey everybody, I had a great idea Let s make Beatrice and Benedick fall in love EVE [...]

  2. I don t think Much Ado ranks with Shakespeare s very best for three reasons 1 the plot is weak, particularly the deception that moves things along during the first act why does Don Pedro choose to woo by proxy en masque What is to be gained by it except delay and confusion , 2 Dogberry and Verges are second rate clowns, and 3 Claudio, in his readiness to believe ill of Hero, is too unsympathetic a lover for a non problem comedy On the other hand, whenever Beatrice and Benedict are sparring which [...]

  3. Let s face it, there aren t too many of Shakespeare s females who kick ass Yes, we all can name the four or five that don t quite suck Kat, Portia, Viola, Emilia, etc but good strong feminine characters were not, it seems, the bard s strong suit So as you wade through the whiny, conniving, helpless throngs of man worshipping wenches that appear in nearly all Shakespeare plays, it can be tempting to just give up looking for redemption But alas, it is this lack of strong feminine voice that makes [...]

  4. I am probably the last person in the whole history of the world to get it, but, just in case there s someone else left, it occurred to me yesterday that the title of this play had to be a rude pun Five minutes on Google was enough to confirm my suspicions From this page In Shakespeare s time nothing was a euphemism for a woman s naughty bits This gave the title three different yet equally appropriate meanings, as the main conflict over the play revolves around the false implication of Hero losin [...]

  5. I saw an absolutely brilliant version of this play today at Shakespeare s Globe in London It was Mexican themed, full of dancing, gunshots, high racing emotions and many moments of farcical humour All in all, it was a great production of an imperfect play If I m ever critical of Shakespeare s works it s because I know how excellent Shakespeare can be The Tempest is one of the best things ever written in the English language Similarly, Richard II is pure poetry, beautiful and powerful, but it is [...]

  6. Review3 of 5 stars to William Shakespeare s play Much Ado About Nothing We read this play in my 9th or 10th grade English course as a comparison to his popular plays such as Macbeth, Othello, Romeo Juliet and Hamlet, as well as something different from his historical fiction plays about various kings and queens It was an opportunity to see his brilliance in writing something different and basically about nothing Well not really nothing, but you get the drift.It was a decent play And I can say t [...]

  7. In the 1906 preface to The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James described the book as an ado about Isabel Archer That reference caught my attention, and since I d never read Shakespeare s Much Ado , and since I love to follow even the vaguest of book trails, I browsed my bookstore s Shakespeare shelves as soon as I had an opportunity Like most of you, I d read some of the plays for study purposes but I d never bought a Shakespeare play for pleasure In my innocence, I presumed buying Shakespeare would [...]

  8. Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, in Spain, is coming to Messina, the capital of Sicily, for a little RR, just having defeated his treacherous half brother, in battle, with few casualties, nobody important , Don John the Bastard , they are now reconciled again His army needs it, Rest and Relaxation, the governor of that city is his good, longtime friend, Leonato The time, is unstated, but Aragon, ruled that island, in the 15th century Count Claudio, who gained glory in battle, in the Prince s army, a [...]

  9. Movie review at bottomThis is the most enjoyable play I ve yet read in my Shakespeare project Aside from the Elizabethan words that required me to check the footnotes, it had a very modern feel to it The complicated plot, the good and bad characters, the denouement, the happy ending all reminded me of light comedies that I ve seen performed on the modern stage.The play was probably written in 1598 In my Complete Works it has been placed in between Henry IV Part II and Henry V.The Introduction st [...]

  10. Not much a review as some disjointed impressions from one of my favourite Shakespeare s comedies Much ado about nothing is a display of wit and humour, from squabbles and cutting retorts between Beatrice and Benedick to the unrepeatable, full of malapropisms and nonsenses, humor presented by the the chief of the citizen police in Messina, Dogberry and his bumbling sidekicks.In short prince of Aragon, Don Pedro after defeating his half brother Don John returns home, and surrounded by his court an [...]

  11. What happened was, I hadn t been paying close attention to my Netflix queue, and when Joss Whedon s Much Ado About Nothing was released, I quickly flicked it to the top of the queue like I do all new releases without remembering that I had wanted to save it for when I actually read the play I was also saving Kenneth Branagh s for the same occasion Then the red envelope arrived and I couldn t let it sit there forever and I m certainly not going to waste a few days sending it back unwatched, so wh [...]

  12. This is it the last classic for my 2016 Classics Bingo challenge And I achieved blackout Yes pats self on back This one filled the Pre 1600 slot on my Bingo card, but just barely it was written in about 1598.Much Ado about Nothing interweaves the story of two couples The interesting one is Benedick and Beatrice, who apparently have a romance in their past history.But now they devote all of their energy in their interactions to insulting each other as wittily as possible, each trying to one up t [...]

  13. I ve always found feistiness attractive It s probably the only consistent trait in the girls I ve fallen for since high school The clever retort, the unimpressed eye roll, the sarcastic aside for better or worse, these are the things the pique my interest and prepare me for that unique form of suffering known as love On my own, I m hardly confident or witty enough to succeed in one on one situations with women who are shy or generally unforthcoming I need someone to throw down the gauntlet and c [...]

  14. The most important thing to know about this play is that nothing used to be slang for vaginas No, I know, you re like This sounds like one of those things that people say because it s funny but then you look it up and it s totally not true, right But it is true So Rather A Pickle About Pussies is what we re talking about here.The plot of this play, which is called A Bunch of Bother About Beavers, or Very Vexed About Vajayjays, is, oh god, who cares, everyone is confused and then they get married [...]

  15. Sigh no , ladies, sigh no ,Men were deceivers ever, One foot in sea and one on shore,To one thing constant never Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare may easily be his most witty work for dialogue He that hath a beard is than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man He that is than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him The exchanges between Beatrice and Benedick are ageless Like many of Shakespeare s work, this play comes alive for the re [...]

  16. Edit 5 6 12 The perfect song to accompany a reading of this play would be Sigh No More by Mumford Sons There are several lyrics ripped straight from the text, not to mention similar themes And it makes me oh so happy There are spoilers here, but this is Shakespeare No way am I putting up spoiler tags.According to the note in my copy, in Shakespeare s day the word nothing was pronounced noting so, Much Ado About Noting , noting being synonymous with eavesdropping That pretty much sums up this pla [...]

  17. Primer libro de Shakespeare que leo en ingl s.Y wow es otro mundo, absurdamente genial o genialmente absurdo.Una historia divertid sima, simple y muy entretenida.

  18. This is not a review It is, instead, a call to all those people who will probably never read these words because they aren t on to teach Shakespeare young and often to the kids they love.Don t wait for high school teachers to bungle the job Don t let your kids stress out Never tell your kids how tough Shakespeare is supposed to be Don t share your own fears of the Bard s writing.Do buy your family every filmed version or adaptation of Shakespeare s plays Do, then, buy a book copy of that play, l [...]

  19. One day I may find the time and the energy to prepare some well thought out, elegantly composed, insightful and informative reviews of Shakespeare s greatest plays affording them with at least a modicum of the respect that they justly deserve In the meantime I am offering a few very quickly thought through ideas on what are undoubtedly the greatest English language literary works for the stage ever written.The majority of Shakespeare s 37 or 38 plays depending on who you ask are imbued with bril [...]

  20. One of the bard s boring works29 July 2013 Once I went around church and work , as I am prone to do, and asked as many people as possible what their favourite Shakespeare play was assuming that they actually knew who Shakespeare was, and what plays he had written, and assuming that they had actually seen one and what surprised me was that the most common answer was Much Ado About Nothing The reason that it surprised me is because it is not necessarily one of his most performed plays, and is gen [...]

  21. 4.5 5 starsI ended up reading this book I my Honors English class Since I absolutely love Shakespeare and I haven t read or watched any of his comedies I was very excited going into Much Ado About Nothing The characters were hilarious and I absolutely loved every second of reading and watching the actors, I watched a version with David Tennant as Benedick he was amazing , portray them If you are new to Shakespeare I would highly recommend this play to be your first The language isn t overly comp [...]

  22. I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried in thyeyes William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 5, Scene 2Nothing n pronoun1 indefinite no thing not anything, as of an implied or specified class of things I can give you nothing2 no part or share to have nothing to do with this crime3 a matter of no importance or significance it doesn t matter, it s nothing4 Elizabethan slang for vagina , evidently derived from the pun of a woman having nothing between her legs.Word Origin Old [...]

  23. My game plan for revisiting Shakespeare was to stream video of a staging of the play, listening and watching while reading along to as much of the original text as was incorporated by the staging Later, I read the entire play in the modern English version.The staging I chose for Much Ado About Nothing was the 2013 film adapted and directed by Joss Whedon Whedon brought a low key touch, preserving Shakespeare s text while inexplicably staging the action in present day Santa Monica, California, ma [...]

  24. Quando Shakespeare giocayoutu glnOybkdU5MSotto un sole abbagliante Shakespeare mette in scena un tourbillon di passioni, intrighi, giochi, errori Dialoghi brillanti, vivaci, arguti Commedia sui malintesi dell a e perfetto spaccato dell animo umano.youtu pq qGgByt8Molti amano le tragedie di Shakespeare, anch io, ma poi mi rendo conto che, in fondo in fondo, preferisco le commedie Il silenzio l araldo pi perfetto della gioia sarei ben poco felice se fossi capace di dire quanto.

  25. Even if by some highly unlikely chance you don t happen to like this piece of glorious brilliance, you can at the very least thank the heavens and good old Will Shakespeare for the existence of this gif And also this one.But that s just barely scratching the surface I don t have any gifs on hand right now to adequately describe the pure sublimity of 1000 perfectly executed puns of varying degrees of ambiguity 4.5 5

  26. Bu edisyon i in konu uyorum, eviriyi be endim zellikle s z oyunlar T rk e ye g zel ve kafiyeli uyarlanm Kelime da arc zengin ve bununla birlikte ak c ve duru.

  27. Tipik Shakespeare tesad flerinin ve yanl anla lmalar n n hakim oldu u Much Ado About Nothing Kuru G r lt , insana dair m kemmel bir romantik komedya Karma k yap s ve zekice haz rlanm olay rg s yle William Shakespeare in okunmas gereken eserlerinden biri olan oyundaki karakterler de bir o kadar zengin Birbirinden farkl iki farkl ift olan Claudio Hero ve Benedick Beatrice ile evlilik ve sadakat temalar n olduk a komik bir ekilde ele alan roman n cinsiyet i yakla m ise oyunun ge ti i d nemde kad nl [...]

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