Much Ado About Nothing

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439116975

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Much Ado About Nothing includes two quite different stories of romantic love. Hero and Claudio fall in love almost at first sight, but an outsider, Don John, strikes out at their happiness. Beatrice and Benedick are kept apart by pride and mutual antagonism until others decide to play Cupid. The authoritative edition of Much Ado About Nothing from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, is now available as an ebook. Features include: · The exact text of the printed book for easy cross-reference · Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation · Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play · Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play · Scene-by-scene plot summaries · A key to famous lines and phrases · An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language · Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books · An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
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Much Ado about Nothing

Author: William Shakespeare,John Seely

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435193126

Category:

Page: 252

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Much Ado About Nothing is a brand new edition in our Heinemann Shakespeare series. Opening up Shakespeare to all KS3 and GCSE students this new edition includes: accessible notes and summaries to ensure students understand and are excited by Shakespeare unsurpassed preparation for the KS3 Tests - offering supported and varied scene by scene activities structured around Character, Language, Performance and Theme holistic activities focus both on the play as a whole and on comparisons within the play to sharpen student learning at both KS3 and GCSE
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Much Ado about Nothing

Author: Harold Bloom,Michael G. Cornelius

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438132034

Category: English drama

Page: 331

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Equal parts tragedy and history play, Richard III chronicles the rise and short reign of its diabolical title character. Of this masterful creation, esteemed critic Harold Bloom has written, The manipulative, highly self-conscious, obsessed hero-villain moves himself from being the passive sufferer of his own moral and/or physical deformity to becoming a highly active melodramatist. Portrayed as England's curse and as his own worst enemy, the jealous and ambitious Richard would find little glory or peace awaiting him upon his ascension to England's throne. This collection of critical essays about the Bard's Richard III includes classic criticism from a number of notable critics throughout the centuries. Edited by Bloom, this title also features a handy index for quick reference.
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Much Ado about Nothing

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781603037136

Category: Drama

Page: 190

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Shakespeare's comedy play "Much Ado About Nothing" pivots around the impediments to love for young betrothed Hero and Claudio when Hero is falsely accused of infidelity and the "lover's trap" set for the arrogant and assured Benedick who has sworn of marriage and his gentle adversary Beatrice. The merry war between Benedick and Beatrice with the promptings of their friends soon dissolves into farcical love, while Hero's supposed infidelity is shown to be little more than "much ado about nothing."
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Much Ado About Nothing

Author: Alison Findlay

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230343961

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

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Much Ado About Nothing shows the violence of desire as well as its drive towards creative plotting or matchmaking. In this Handbook, Alison Findlay examines the play's comic and tragic potential in the theatre; its attempts to harmonise love and war, attraction and repulsion. The volume: * explores the play's resonance in early performances with reference to the crisis over fast-changing fashions, gendered notions of honour, and the changing personnel of Shakespeare's company * analyses the play from a performance point of view scene by scene, considering the interactions between spectators and actors * surveys key productions and films, including Barry Jackson's radical modernist production of 1919, the recently-rediscovered television film of Zeffirelli's 1965 National Theatre Production, and Kenneth Branagh's 1993 film version * outlines the play's critical history from the eighteenth century to the present day, with a focus on contemporary concerns such as genre hybridity, sources and intertexts, and the instability of signs and appearances.
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