Directed by Joss Whedon. With Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese. A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of. Much Ado About Nothing, comedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, written probably in –99 and printed in a quarto edition from the author's own. Faith, niece, you tax Signior Benedick too much; but he'll be meet with you, I doubt it not. Messenger. He hath done good service, lady, in these wars. BEATRICE.
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Much Ado About Nothing
a much ado about nothing This malicious fiction is soon dispelled, but Claudio seems not to have learned his lesson; he believes Don John a second time, and on a much more serious charge—that Hero is actually sleeping with other men, even on the night before her impending wedding to Claudio.
Supported by Don Pedro, who also accepts the story based on seeming visual evidenceClaudio publicly rejects Hero at the wedding ceremony. She is so shamed that her family is obliged to report that she is dead. Former friends are near the point of mayhem until the revelations of the night watch prove the villainy of Don John and the innocence of Hero.
Both have a reputation for being scornful and a much ado about nothing of marriage. Ironically, we can see through the play's popularity that this only increased people's interest in such behavior. Benedick wittily gives voice to male anxieties about women's "sharp tongues and proneness to sexual lightness".
Much Ado About Nothing: Entire Play
This stereotype is turned on its head in Balthazar's song "Sigh No More," which presents men as the deceitful and inconstant sex that women must suffer.
Infidelity[ edit ] A a much ado about nothing in Shakespeare is cuckoldry or the infidelity of a wife. Several of the characters seem to be obsessed by the idea that a man has no way to know if his wife is faithful and therefore women can take full advantage of that fact.
Don John a much ado about nothing upon Claudio's pride and fear of cuckoldry, which leads to the disastrous first wedding. Many of the males easily believe that Hero is impure and even her father readily condemns her with very little proof.
This motif runs through the play, often in references to horns, a symbol of cuckoldry.
In contrast, Balthasar's song " Sigh No More " tells women to accept men's infidelity and continue to live joyfully. Some interpretations say that Balthasar sings poorly, undercutting the message.
This is supported by Benedick's cynical comments about the song, where he compares it to a howling dog. However, in the Branagh film Balthasar sings beautifully, the song is also given a prominent role in both the opening and finale a much ado about nothing the message appears to be embraced by the women in the film.
The games and tricks played on people often have the best intentions—to make people fall in love, to help someone get what they want, or to lead someone to realize their mistake. However, not all are meant well, such a much ado about nothing when Don John convinces Claudio that Don Pedro wants Hero for himself, or when Borachio meets 'Hero' who is actually Margaret, pretending to be Hero in Hero's bedroom window.
These modes of deceit a much ado about nothing into a complementary theme of emotional manipulation and the ease with which the characters' sentiments are redirected and their propensities exploited as a means to an end. The characters' feelings for each other are played as vehicles to reach an ultimate goal of engagement rather than seen as an end in themselves.
Masks and mistaken identity[ edit ] People are constantly pretending to be others or being mistaken for other people.
An example of this is Margaret who is mistaken for Hero, which leads to Hero's public disgrace at her wedding with Claudio. However, during a masked ball in which everyone must wear a mask, Beatrice rants about Benedick to a masked man who turns out to be Benedick himself a much ado about nothing she acts unaware of this at the time.
A much ado about nothing the same celebration, Don Pedro, masked, pretends to be Claudio and courts Hero for him. After Hero is announced "dead," Leonato orders Claudio to marry his "niece," who is actually Hero in disguise.
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Noting[ edit ] A watercolor by John Sutcliffe: Beatrice overhears Hero and Ursula. Another motif is the play on the words nothing and noting, which in Shakespeare's day were near- homophones. The title could also be understood as Much Ado About Noting.