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Much Ado About Nothing [Kindle Edition]

William Shakespeare
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Like Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado about Nothing shows Shakespeare moving into a more complex and darker terrain through his exploration of an apparently harmless comical romance. The play revolves around the adventures of the two gallants Claudio and Benedick at the court of Sicily. Claudio falls in love with the governor's daughter Hero, and is eager for his more misanthropic friend Benedick to also find love. Benedick is introduced to the fiery, independent Beatrice, and sparks soon fly as they banter with each other in a more wittier version of Kate and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. Beatrice has some wonderful ripostes to marriage asking why should a woman marry "a clod of wayward marl", whilst Benedick grumbles that "She speaks poniards and every word stabs". Meanwhile, the jealous Don John convinces Claudio that Hero has in fact been unfaithful to him. When Claudio rejects Hero on their wedding day, she faints and is taken for dead. In the hectic final scenes the play moves towards reconciliation between Claudio and Hero, and the tentative admission of the love between Benedick and Beatrice. Famously filmed by Kenneth Branagh in the Tuscan countryside with a cast that included Keanu Reeves, Much Ado about Nothing remains one of Shakespeare's most successful comedies. --Jerry Brotton.


"Zitner has written one of the finest introductions to the play that I have seen. I hope that between this edition and Branaugh's film we can make the play come alive to the present generation of students."--Ronald J. Boling, Lyon College

"Handy, reliable, altogether excellent...with introductions that truly cover everything and notes that explain all that needs to be explained."--Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 100 pages
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3.0 out of 5 stars much ado about nothing Nov. 20 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought Much Ado About Nothing made no sense really because it seemed shorter than Antigone, and there was a little too much love going on. I couldn't handle it all, especially the deception by Don John. The first love between Claudio and Hero were like two teenagers in puppy love, and Benedick and Beatrice who had crazy love, which means that they liked each other, but didn't confess about their feelings.
William Shakespeare's main purpose was I think showing what kind of loves there were through different types of people. The first of which is Claudio, the desperate type only looking for a girl to look cool. Whenever Don John told Claudio a lie, he would get all mad and act like he could never forgive Hero. He would whine like a little girl. I think the purpose didn't really click into to me because I am too young and don't understand love.
What I have personally learned from this is to not rush into love because even though Don John made up those lies and false judgments about Hero, those could really happen in real life, plus the fact that we are two young to understand it. We get into that high school puppy love which isn't the same as real love. When we are older we will understand because we will be at that stage where all of us will understand the true meaning of love.
I would not recommend this book because I think it had really no point but to show us what kind of loves there are and, how we should treat them with the person we love. The comedy in this was really good, but in this book, I didn't see the mix of comedy and love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The piece that made me feel like dancing Nov. 19 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought that the play "Much Ado about Nothing" was a very positive and a enjoyable play to read. Shakespeare's main point in the play is that Love makes you act weird. In the play when Benidick over heard Don Jon, Claudio, and Leonato in the garden giving the illusion that Beatrice was in love with him you saw his true feelings come out of him that you thought you would never see. Beatrice and Benidick fight like cats and Dogs but as soon as Benidick overheard that Beatrice was in love with him he acted like a 3 year old when they find out there going to Disney world. He was thrilled at the fact that Beatrice fancied him. Now on the other side of the garden, Hero and another Woman are doing the same Don Jon, Claudio, and Leonato did to Benidick, only to Beatrice. When Beatrice over hears that Benidick fancy's her she is in shock. She acts as if nothing in thw world was wrong with a huge grin on her face and singing like a love struck teenager. Now these are 2 adults that couldn't stand to be in the same room with each other and now they love each other!There's more to that story then just what we think. But you have to read to find out! I have learned a couple of things from reading this play. Iv learned to like people for who they are inside not on the outside. Hero and Claudio's relationship was based on looks. Iv also learned that when u do wrong things punishment may not come to you just then but eventually it will catch up with you. Don Pedro tricked everyone into thinking common things of Hero and he got what he deserved. And last but not least I learned to put family 2nd to God because when everyone else leaves you will still have family. When Claudio made that scene in front of everyone about Hero Beatrice was right there to comfort her. And I would recommend this book to anyone because it was funny and interesting, And I'm a teen. It's hard to keep our attention but me and my class seem to agree that this play was excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado About Theatre Nov. 16 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Shakespeare's, Much Ado About Nothing, was cleverly composed and delivered in his Old English style of dialogue. It is excellent reading not only for teachers and parents, but also for students as well. I enjoyed the Dover Thrift edition because it is unabridged from the original text and it is exceedingly important to read versions that are as close to the original as possible. The dialogue is very swift and simple to follow.
The action in this play is the result of "love battles" between the characters, Count Claudio and Hero and Signior Benedick and Lady Beatrice. It all began with the hate that Don John had for his legitimate brother and prince, Don Pedro. In the prince's close group of young lords, were Count Claudio and Signior Benedick. Conrade and Borachio were followers of the wicked, Don John. Don John then proceeds to wreck the one important relationship that his brother tried to promote- that of Claudio and Hero. Count Claudio courts the Lady Hero and gains her affection, but through a turn of events, Don John induces Claudio think that Hero has been a wench with the gentleman, Borachio and a myriad of other men in Messina. Paying Borachio handsomely for wooing the servant, Margaret, supposed to be Hero, Don John takes Claudio and Don Pedro to view it from the lawn of the governor's mansion. Then, disgracing Hero in the midst of their wedding party, Claudio is freed from blame and Hero is forced to be claimed dead for her own good. Signior Benedick, being a very cynical lord, tried to woo the Lady Beatrice (Hero's cousin), but she spurned him each time. With a few playful schemes from Don Pedro's party, Beatrice and Benedick are in love permanently. The story plot descends with the capturing of the men who took place in the cabal against Hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado About Theatre
Shakespeare's, Much Ado About Nothing, was cleverly composed and delivered in his Old English style of dialogue. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by M. Burdin
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT a review of the movie:
Standard disclaimer: when rating a play by Shakespeare, I rate it as compared to other Shakespearean plays, not as compared to the general run of literature; otherwise, the ratings... Read more
Published on June 12 2003 by James Yanni
5.0 out of 5 stars finest comedy
this is shakespeare's finest comedy. it has the most interesting and well-balanced romance, and a secondary story that is substantial and moving. Read more
Published on May 4 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Shakespeare's Wittier Comedies
Much Ado About Nothing emerges as one of the funnier and more clever of Shakespeare's comedies. It is, as Beatrice would say, "as merry as the day is long. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2002 by Chris Salzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice & Easy To Understand
I recently read Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" during my freshman year in high school. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by Kiran Rajagopalan
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado About Everything
The intricate characterization that is posessed in each person is intense. Don John, the bastard brother, however turned evil beneath our eyes. At least, to mine. Read more
Published on April 29 2002 by Catherine M. Dorkin
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorite Plays
This is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. When I first saw it as a play I did not understand the plot at all. Finally I read the play and enjoyed it immensely. Read more
Published on March 4 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis
Claudio is in love with Hero, but there's only ONE problem Hero is scheduled to Marry the Prince. Don John wants to kill the Prince (his brother) so he can become King so he can... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado About the Play
In my opinion this is one of Shakespeare's best plays. You get his usual lovely poetic language. Also you get the usual turmoil until the climax and then all ends well which is a... Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2002 by "amesf"
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado About Nothing Review
As a junior in high school, reading the Shakespearean comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, many relationships are apparent in comparing a "typical high school atmosphere" to the story. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002 by Carolyn (Ms. H's Class)
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