Much Ado About Nothing Key Scenes

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Much ado about nothing
Potential passages for my exam

* Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 1-70 (opening of the play)
* Act 2 Scene 1 Lines 1-60 (Beatrice views on love)
* Act 2 Scene 1 Lines 160-257 (Love Benedick and Beatrice) * Act 2 Scene 3 Lines 6-27 and 181-200 (Benedicks speeches on love) * Act 3 Scene 1 Lines 37-end (Gulling of Beatrice)
* Act 3 Scene 3 Lines 1-77 (Dogberry+Comedy)
* Act 3 Scene 4 Lines 29- end (Beatrice in love)
* Act 3 Scene 5 (Dogberry)
* Act 4 Scene 1 Lines 1-104 (Shaming of Hero), Lines 105-247 (Plan by Friar Francis) and rest of the scene (Beatrice and Benedick) * Act 5 Scene 1 lines 108-173
* Act 5 Scene 1 lines 269-292
* Act 5 Scene 2 Lines 32-end

Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 1-70 (opening of the play)
What happens during the passage?
A messenger brings a letter informing Governor Leonato that Don Pedro and his victorious army will shortly arrive in Messina. The Messenger reports that young Count Claudio has performed great deeds of bravery in the war. Beatrice questions the messenger about Benedick, sarcastically calling him Signor Mountanto. Forced with a barrage of mocking comments about a fellow soldier, the Messenger politely attempts to defend Benedick’s reputation. As Beatrice continues to speak mockingly of Benedick to the Messenger, the prince Don Pedro, and his followers arrive.

Quotes from the Passage:
“He hath borne himself beyond the promise if his age, doing in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion.” *Means: Claudio did better than you’d expect for someone his age. Looks like a lam but behaved like a lion.

“Signor Mountanto”
*Means : Mr cut and thurst (a fencing move)

“As pleasant as he ever was”
“Stuffed with all honorable vitrues”
“He will hang upon him like a disease”- he is sooner caught than the pestilence” –Benedick will cling to Claudio like a disease, easier to catch then the plague.

What happens after this passage?
Leonato eloquently welcomes his royal quest and Beatrice begins her taunting with Benedick . Their “merry war” is renewed and Leonato invites Don Pedro and his followers to stay as quests at his house.

Act 2 Scene 1 Lines 1-60 (Beatrice views on love)
What happens before this passage?
Beatrice describes her ideal man, remarking how poorly Don John and Benedick match up to her requirements. Leonato warns her that such talk will not get her a husband, but Beatrice says she is happy to stay single. Beatrice mockingly advises Hero on when and when not to obey her father in the matter of marriage. She then gives her own views of courtship, weddings and the regrets of life after a hasty marriage.

Quotes from this passage:
“He is of a very melancholy disposition”
*Means: about Don John, always miserable

“The one is too like a image and says nothing and the other is too like my lady’s eldest son, evermore tattling” *Means: Beatrice comparing Don John and Benedick

“By my troth, neice, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd if thy tongue” *Means: Leonato said that if Beatrice doesn’t stop making such cutting comments she wont get a husband.

“Lord, I could not endure a husband with a beard on his face.” “He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man and he that is more than a youth is not for me and he that is less than a man, I am not for him” *Means: Noone is right for Beatrice

“Not till God make men of some other metal than earth”
*Means: Never basically.

What happens after this passage?
Don Pedro, his friends enter wearing masks. The room fills with people and the masked dancing begins. As they dance each woman uses the opportunity to mock her masked partner.

Act 2 Scene 3 Lines 6-27 and 181-200 (Benedicks speeches on love)

What happens prior to the passage?
Borachio’s plan is that he and Margaret will appear on the night before the wedding at Hero’s bedroom window. They will call one...
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