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Explore How Shakespeare Constructs Act 1 And How He Develops It Later On In The Play.

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Explore How Shakespeare Constructs Act 1 And How He Develops It Later On In The Play Shakespeare construct Act 1 in a very successful way as he uses his devices to set the play in Act 1 and then letting the story unravel in the other acts. The play "much ado about nothing" is a comedy play but has some elements of tragedy in it, which is over turned by the end of the play. Shakespeare has devised the play skillfully by unrevealing all the main concepts and matters in Act 1. The title of the play "much ado about nothing" tells the whole story in one line. Different people might interpret the title of the play differently to what the play is really about. One interpretation could be "fussing about nothing", i.e. people making a mountain out of a molehill. Others might interpret the title differently. If you deconstruct the title you will see that the word "nothing" has something to do with a woman's genital part which Claudio insults Hero about during the latter part of the play. Shakespeare does this so that the audience can bring their own views of what they think the play will be about when they read or watch the play, but the end of Act 1 we know exactly what the title means, which is mainly about people overhearing things and reporting it back wrongly because the only heard bit of the conversation. ...read more.


At the beginning of Act 1 scene 2 we beginning to see what misunderstanding could lead to. Shakespeare does this in the shape of Antonio who believes that he overheard the Prince declaring the love he has for Hero to Claudio. This is a small misunderstanding that was easily resolved when they found out that Claudio was the one in love with Hero. Shakespeare brings this little misunderstanding into the early part of the play to indicate to us the reader that there might be many more misunderstandings on the way or many more misconception still to come that way when these misconceptions do happen in the play it isn't a total surprise to the audience. It might also make them refer back to the beginning of the play and look at the title. In all of Shakespeare's plays there are always villains and in "much ado about nothing" it is Don John. From the first meeting with him we immediately take a dislike ness to him. But as the play goes on we learn why Don John is so spiteful. Shakespeare gives us the sense that Don John might be because he feels left out of his brother's society. Also being a "bastard" in Shakespearian meant you were the social outcast. ...read more.


She seems to have no mind of her own. This is evident in the beginning of the play when her father tells her if the prince asks for her hand in marriage, she should accept it. At the same time when he tells her that it is Claudio she is to marry, she also accepts it. This shows that the father has the last say in which Hero marries. On the other hand Beatrice and Benedick's love is one based on true love. It is true love that Benedick will in fact kill for his love for Beatrice "by this hand, Claudio shall render me a dear account". First of all they fall in love and marry by their own choice even though they realize their love for each other through persuasion and urging of their friends and family. Shakespeare has constructed Act 1 very carefully as Act 1 is like the bud of a flower and the rest of the other Acts are the flowers that blossom. He makes sure that all the important character is introduced in Act 1 so that we know whom the are as the play progresses. He also shows as the importance of misconception and what eavesdropping and spying on others can lead to. He tries to convey towards us what true love and marriage is opposed to forced marriage whereby you have no say. ...read more.

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