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

  • Title: Much Ado About Nothing
  • Author: William Shakespeare Barbara A. Mowat Paul Werstine Gail Kern Paster RobertJackson
  • ISBN: 9780743482752
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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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    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 more 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 Ben [...]

    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 sparri [...]

    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 m [...]

    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 [...]

    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 powerfu [...]

    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 more 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. A [...]

    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 [...]

    8. Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, in Spain, is coming to Messina, the capital of Sicily, for a little R&R, 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 Pr [...]

    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 Introduc [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more 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 try [...]

    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 g [...]

    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 [...]

    15. “Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,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 more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. He that is more 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, [...]

    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 m [...]

    17. Primer libro de Shakespeare que leo en inglés.Y wow es otro mundo, absurdamente genial o genialmente absurdo.Una historia divertidísima, 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 th [...]

    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 [...]

    20. One of the bard's more 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, [...]

    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 [...]

    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/ˈnʌθɪŋ/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" be [...]

    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, [...]

    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’amore 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 è l'araldo più perfetto della gioia: sarei ben poco felice se fossi capace di dire quant [...]

    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 için konuşuyorum, çeviriyi beğendim. Özellikle söz oyunları Türkçe'ye güzel ve kafiyeli uyarlanmış. Kelime dağarcığı zengin ve bununla birlikte akıcı ve duru.

    27. Tipik Shakespeare tesadüflerinin ve yanlış anlaşılmalarının hakim olduğu "Much Ado About Nothing / Kuru Gürültü", insana dair mükemmel bir romantik komedya. Karmaşık yapısı ve zekice hazırlanmış olay örgüsüyle William Shakespeare'in okunması gereken eserlerinden biri olan oyundaki karakterler de bir o kadar zengin. Birbirinden farklı iki farklı çift olan Claudio-Hero ve Benedick-Beatrice ile evlilik ve sadakat temalarını oldukça komik bir şekilde ele alan romanın c [...]

    28. بعضی ویژگی های نمایشنامه های شکسپیر احتمالا به مذاق مخاطب امروزی خوش نمی آید؛ مثلا این که شخصیت شرور داستان به هم دستش -یا گاهی در خلوت خودش!- می گوید: باید نقشه ای شیطانی بکشم و توطئه ای ترتیب دهم. یعنی گاهی شخصیت پردازی همین قدر رو اتفاق می افتد. (یاد پسرعمه زا می افتم که وقتی در [...]

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