Much Ado About Nothing? Act 1 Scene 1: WHAT’S SO FUNNY?

English and Things

Consider the two extracts below:

Lines 102-131

Lines 146 – 185

What makes these extracts comical? In your answer, you should consider:

  • Contrast between characters (Claudio and Benedick);
  • The folly of love;
  • Exaggeration (Benedick’s response to Claudio – the way he plays up to the stereotype of a bachelor);
  • Wordplay – witty repartee between Beatrice and Benedick;
  • Dramatic irony – the structure of the play (we know they will fall in love.)

Due next Friday.

 

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