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Much Ado About Nothing by William…

Much Ado About Nothing (original 1598; edition 2004)

by William Shakespeare (Author)

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Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (Author) (1598)

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    Shuffy2: Beatrice and Benedick and Lizzie and Darcy- there are some similarties! This is my favorite of Shakespeare's comedies! Two characters who love to spar with words, 2 couples who love each other, and a bad guy! Perfect mix...

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Much Ado is, by far, my absolute favorite Shakespeare. The humor, the wit, the back and forth (especially between Benedick and Beatrice) just ticks all the boxes for greatness.

This particular copy I picked up from a local library sale just before I was supposed to teach Shakespeare to 10th graders as part of my student teaching. I chose Much Ado because it was the lightest of my three choices (the others being Othello and Julius Caesar), but also the play I knew best. As I told my students at the time, Much Ado is a prime example of an early form of the situational comedy, where all the misunderstandings could be easily avoided if only certain parties would talk to one another, but then there really would be Nothing going on.

And, always remember, Dogberry is an ass. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Apr 7, 2019 |
Although it's satire at its highest points and farce at its lowest, the emotional brutality leaves you gasping for air. His best comedy. ( )
  camillawb | Nov 6, 2018 |
Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s comedies. I didn’t have any previous familiarity with the story, and this was only my second Shakespeare read since highschool about 25 years ago, the first being Hamlet last year.

This play is sort of a two-for-one deal on romance. You have one couple who other people are trying to tear apart, and a different couple who a different set of other people are trying to bring together. I enjoyed it, but not quite as much as Hamlet. I found the story to be a little predictable, and I was also less invested in the characters.

Claudio got on my nerves a bit and Hero barely seemed to have any personality, but I did like Beatrice and Benedick. The scenes with Dogberry were a hilariously fun surprise. I was laughing hysterically at some of the things he said. If it hadn’t been for the commentary that I was reading simultaneously with the play informing me that he was mistaking his words, I think I would have been much more confused by his scenes and might have missed out on that fun. I could have thought it was my understanding that was at fault, since I’m still a bit shaky on understanding all the language, especially those words that have a different meaning today than they did in Shakespeare’s day. The unfamiliar words are actually easier to understand, because I have many years’ practice in understanding unfamiliar words based on context. The familiar-but-different words are trickier for me since I’m more likely to automatically read them with the modern meaning without thinking about it.

Almost immediately after I finished reading the play, I watched the Kenneth Branagh version of the movie. After I read Hamlet last year, watching a couple of the movies afterward added a lot to the experience. This movie was pretty fun. My main complaint is that the scenes with Dogberry, while somewhat funny, weren’t nearly as hilarious as they were in my mind while I read the play. I was disappointed in that because I’d really been looking forward to seeing how that was played in the movie. Don John was also played too over-the-top for my tastes. Otherwise, my reactions to the characters in the movie were similar to my reactions while reading the play, except that I liked the prince, Don Pedro, very much in the movie whereas he didn’t make much of an impression on me in the play. The actor gave him much more presence. ( )
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  Lonarae47 | Nov 3, 2018 |
Phenomenal scholarly edition. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
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Shakespeare, WilliamAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baudissin, Wolf Heinrich vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooke, C. F. TuckerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Craft, KinukoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dennis, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, JanetteEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foakes, R. A.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gray, Henry DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewalski, BarbaraEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McEachern, ClaireEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newcomer, Alphonso G.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shaw, ByamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, David L.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Trenery, Grace R.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wright, Louis B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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I learn in this letter that Don Pedro of Aragon comes this night to Messina.
He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.
Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much.
I thank God I am as honest as any man living that is an old man and no honester than I.
What a deformed thief this fashion is.
Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?
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Presents Shakespeare's romantic comedy about a loving couple torn apart by a false accusation and a bickering couple brought together by friendly plotting.

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