AS Level English Lang And Lit Much Ado About Nothing ACt 3

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Act 3
Scene 1
Hero begins her plan to trick Beatrice
Margaret is sent to tell Beatrice that Ursula and Hero are talking about her so she eavesdrops the
Beatrice listens to there `pretend' conversation as they talk of Benedicks' love and Beatrice's
scornful nature.
Hero and Ursula say how how Beatrice will criticize any man and how she would mock him for
loving her. They talk about Benedick's virtues.
Beatrice is amazed by what he has heard and once Hero and Ursula have gone, resolves to return
Benedick's love. Ursula introduces marriage into the conversation so Beatrice thinks of marrying
Friends are trying to make Benedick and Beatrice realize that they already love each other.
Is written in a romantic, poetic form, ending in a rhyming couplet to emphasize love.
We discover Hero's character and gentle and genuine nature which leads to her dishonour being more
Hero: `Like favorites made proud by princes.' Hero, surprisingly uses this political simile to compare the
honeysuckles that Beatrice will hide behind with how Claudio has been praised by Don John.
Hero: `To praise him more than ever did merit.' Hero wants to persuade Beatrice of Benedick's good
qualities and convince her than he loves her. It is spoken in verse, showing the sincerity and status of the
Hero: `Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes...she cannot love.' Hero explains to Ursula why they
should not tell Beatrice of Benedick's love ­ as she would take the mick of him.
Hero: `Let Benedick like covered fire,/ consume away in sighs, waste inwardly.' Hero thinks Benedick should
never tell Beatrice his true feelings and it is better `fight against his passion' as it would be futile to tell
Beatrice: `Contempt, farwell and maiden pride adieu,' Beatrice personifies these abstract nouns to show she
is transforming and will accept Benedick's love and take pity on him. This is a similar speech to what
Benedick made when he over hear the conversation in the orchard. This blank verse elevates Beatrices love.
She also uses rhetorical questions to interrogate herself and her pride.
Scene 2
Don Pedro plans to return to Aarogon once Claudio and Hero are married.
Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato fake amazement at Benedick's lovelorn appearance and behavior
and joke at his expense.
Benedick speaks to Leonato privately.
Don John interrupts Don Pedro and Claudio's amusement with a declaration.
Don John claims he has proof of Hero's infidelity and invites Don Pedro and Claudio to watch
They vow to shame her in public if it be true

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Leonato: `So I say, me thinks you are sadder' Leonato, Don Pedro and Claudio notice a change in Benedick.
His dress sense, perfume, makeup, seriousness, shaving... has changed as well, however Benedick puts it
down to toothache.
Claudio: `The barber's man hath been seen with him.'
Don Pedro: `She shall be buried with her face upwards.' Claudio and Don Pedro continue to tease Benedick,
but in a light hearted manner allowing us to remain respectful of them.…read more

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Borachio: `I have earned of Don John a thousand ducats.' Borachio admits that he has put Don John's plan
into action and will therefore be paid for it He admits to being villain and the watch recognize his name.
Borachio: `The Prince, Claudio and my master planted, and placed, and possessed by my master, Don John,
saw afar off in the orchard this amiable encounter.…read more

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Dogberry: `I would have some confidence with you that decerns you dearly.' He aims to tell Leonato that he
has important information that he would be concerned over, however his ramblings confuse messages and
Verges ends up talking about the importance of honesty, which annoys Leonato in his `busy time.'
Leonato: `Take their examinations yourself , and bring it to me.…read more


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