Much Ado About Nothing

Major theme Reputation
Setting Messina, Italy
Shakespeare wrote Much Ado in 1598
It has ___ acts 5
Came out in theaters in 1993
Leonato Hero’s father
Antonio Leonato’s brother
Hero Leonato’s daughter
Beatrice Hero’s cousin
Actress of Hero Kate Beckindale
Actress of Beatrice Emma Thompson
Margaret and Ursula Gentlewomen attending Hero and Beatrice
Friar Francis priest
Dogberry Master Constable
Actor of Dogberry Michael Keaton
Verges Assistant of Dogberry
Watchmen Officers of Dogberry
Don Pedro Prince of Aragon
Actor of Don Pedro Denzel Washington
Claudio a young lord
Actor of Claudio Robert Sean Leonard
Benedick Young lord
Actor of Benedick Kenneth Branagh
Don John half brother of Don Pedro
Actor of Don John Keanu Reeves
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Borachio and Conrade side-kicks of Don John
blithe carefree, happy
bonny pretty
aversion extreme dislike
deride ridicule
berate to put down, criticize
disdain contempt, scorn, to look down on
thwart to interfere with
repudiate to denounce
arbor garden
ardor passion
infidelity unfaithfulness
rustic typical of country life, simple, unsophisticated
malapropism misuse of a similar sounding word
rendezvous a prearranged meeting
exonerate to free from blame
ineptitude lack of sense, foolish
pompous arrogant
maid a virgin
stale a promiscuous woman
drab prostitute
cuckold someone whose love is unfaithful to him
much ado about nothing making a big deal about nothing
noting/nothing much ado about eavesdropping
noting was slang for sex
The play opens with Leonato receiving a letter telling him that Don Pedro and his men are coming to Messina for a visit. We find out during Act 1 that the war was actually between whom, and what was the result? Don John tried to overthrow his half-brother, Don Pedro. Don Pedro forgave him and brought him along on vacation.
How do Beatrice and Benedick treat each other, and why? “Merry War”, always fighting. They still have fillings for each other
Who is Claudio interested in and what question does Claudio ask Don Pedro about her? Hero. If she was the only child
How does Benedick feel about Hero? He is not attracted to Hero
What does Don John plan on happening before Benedick dies? For Benedick to fall in love/ get married
What offer does Don Pedro make to Claudio? To act as Claudio and ask Hero to marry him
In Scene 3, while Don John is speaking to Conrade, what information obtained by eavesdropping does Borachio bring to Don John? That Don Pedro is going to help Claudio ask Hero to marry Claudio
What resolution does Don John make? Going attempt to ruin it
The beginning of Act 2 begins at the costume party that night. After seeing Don John, Beatrice says he gives her heartburn because he is so melancholy. She then says the perfect man would be between what 2 men? Don John and Benedick
What advice does Beatrice give Hero before they go into the party? Pick her own husband and that he is good looking
Who pairs off at the party? Don Pedro (who’s pretending to be Claudio) and Hero, Borachio and Margaret, Ursula and Antonio, Beatrice and Benedick
Beatrice pretends to Benedick that she doesn’t recognize him and insults him. What is his reaction? His feelings are hurt
What lie does Don John tell Claudio and how does he react? That Don Pedro wants Hero for himself and Claudio believes him and drops Hero
Beatrice leads Claudio over to Don Pedro. What does Don Pedro say to him? That Hero said yes and her father agreed to the marriage
Don Pedro speaks to Beatrice for a while. What does he askher and how does she answer him? He asked her to marry him. She said no, that he was too good for her
Don Pedro comes up with a plan to get what couple together? Whose help does he enlist? Beatrice and Benedick. Hero, Claudio, Leonato
What kind of woman appeals to Benedick? Pretty, good musician, virtuous, wise, mild
What does BEnedick overhear as he is eavesdropping on Don Pedro, Claudio, and Leonato? What does he resolve to do after listening in on their conversation? That Beatrice is in love with him. Requite love to her
On what errand does Don Pedro send Beatrice? To call benedick for dinner
How does Benedick react to Beatrice’s news that dinner is ready? He sees a double meaning in her words.
What does, “You have no stomach?” mean? Are you not hungry
What does Beatrice overhear from Hero and Ursula? What does Beatrice decide to do? Benedick is in love with Beatrice. Requite his love
Don Pedro and Claudio tease Benedick about his primping, and in the actual play, Benedick even shaves off his beard. What conclusion do Don Pedro and Claudio draw from Benedick’s appearance? He is doing it for Beatrice
What does Don John tell Don Pedro and Claudio in order to show his “love” for them? Hero is being disloyal to Claudio
Because of Don John’s information, what decision do Claudio and Don Pedro make? Claudio will shame Hero publicly
We meet the Watch. What stereotype are Dogberry and Verges? They are dumb cops
What is the Watch’s job that night? To watch over Leonato’s house
We see 2 vices in Borachio that night Having sex and drinking
What does Borachio tell Conrade that he’s done that night? wooed Margaret by the name of Hero
What happens when he finishes his story He gets arrested
why have Dogberry and Verges come to see Leonato? To interrigate the prisioners
What does Leonato do, and how does this decision affect the action? He didn’t do it. He could’ve known his daughter was set up
What does Claudio do at his wedding? He repudiated Hero
At first, what does Leonato assume has happened when Claudio asserts that Hero is not a virgin? That they were intimate. Claudio denies it
Who sides with Claudio? Don Pedro, Don John, Leonato
how does Hero try to defend herself? What happens next? She had no idea what’s going on, she faints
Who consistently believes in Hero’s innocence? Beatrice
Who does Leonato believe? Claudio
who is willing to give Hero the benefit of the doubt and sees Don John as the probable cause of the problem? Benedick
What plan does Friar Francis concoct? To say Hero died, Claudio feel bad and to figure it out
When Benedict tells Beatrice that he will do anything for her, what request does she make and how does he react? To kill Claudio, he refused, then agreed
What does the sexton discover during his interrogation of Conrade and Borachio? Don John paid Borachio to set Hero up
Where has Don John gone Fled Massina
How does Conrade upset Dogberry? Call him an ass
How does Dogberry defend himself? He owns his own home and he has 2 sets of clothes
Antonio tells his brother Leonato that he needs to calm down. Leo nato refuses to listen because he’s so upset for Hero. Antonio advises him to get revenge. What does Leonato want Claudio to do, and how does Claudio respond? He challenged Claudio, he makes fun of Leonato
How does Don Pedro react to Leonato’s challenge to Claudio? He told Leonato to get over it, that they saw it
When he arrives, who realizes that Benedick is not in a joking mood, and what does Benedick want from Claudio? Don Pedro, a challenge/duel
how does Benedick plan to alter his relationship with Don John? sever ties
what news from Benedick surprises Don Pedro? That Don John fled Massina
What is ironic about Dogberry’s findings concerning Borachio and Conrade? Dogberry figured it out/ hes dumb
How does Claudio feel when he hears Borachio’s confession? He feels regret and sadness
What offer does Claudio make to Leonato For Leonato to choose the punishment
What penance does Leonato give Don Pedro and Claudio? Sing an epitaph, marry Leonato’s niece
how does Borachio demonstrate that he is not all bad? He defends Margaret
What further accusation does Dogbery make against Borachio and Conrade? Wants them to punish them for calling him an ass
What problem does Benedick have with writing poetry? He can’t find a rhyme
Why wont Beatrice give Benedick a kiss? He didn’t challenge Claudio right away
What favor does Benedick want from Friar Francis? To marry him and Beatrice
What advice does Benedick give to Don Pedro? To get him a wife
What job will benedick perform for Don Pedro? Punishing Don John
How does the movie differ from the play in reference to Don John? Don John didn’t come back in the play
Year written 1598
Movie debut 1993
Shakespeare’s source of Much Ado folk tales about someone being tricked into think that his/her love is unfaithful
2 plot devices eavesdropping and disguise
Much Ado is a comedy of Character
cad a man who doesn’t act like a gentleman