MUCH ADO, SEACOAL AND DOGBERRY

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  • MUCH ADO, SEACOAL AND DOGBERRY, ACTOR
    • Seacoal
      • Head of the watch as the only one that can read and write
        • Part of the comic relief
      • Act 3 Scene 3
        • Underlying humour in body language
        • "To be a well-favoured man is the gift of fortune, but to write and read comes by nature" delivered by Dogberry
          • Seacoal furrows his brow and roll his eyes
    • Dogberry
      • Chief of the Messina citizen police aka the Watch
        • Irony, instructed the Watch to "sleep" instead of arresting criminals as "sleeping cannot offend"
      • Comic relief of malopropisms
        • Act 3 Scene 3: "To be a well-favoured man is the gift of fortune, but to write and read comes by nature"
          • Said the same thing twice to try and seem intelligent by using court language
          • "Desartless", "senseless", "vagrom"
      • Act 4 Scene 2
    • Context
      • Amateur policing systems slept during the night shift to avoid confronting criminals and limit the use of violence
      • Comic relief to entertain the audience use of slapstick and 'clowns
      • Irony, meant to make it a safer place, failing miserably to imitate court language
    • More than just a joke, enhance drama, become the play's heroes

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