AS Level English Lang And Lit Much Ado About Nothing ACt 5

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Act 5
Scene 1
Antonio attempts to console his brother, but Leonato is severely upset by the loss of his
daughter's reputation and says only a man that has suffered humiliation like him has the right to
console him.
Leonato's thoughts turn to revenge as he sees Don Pedro and Claudio passing without worrying
about the grief they have caused. This angers Leonato.
Despite his age, Leonato challenges Claudio to a fight but Claudio refuses to fight with an old man.
Antonio then surprisingly challenges Claudio.
Don Pedro believes that Claudio was right to denounce Hero.
Leonato and Antonio depart and Benedick arrives.
Don Pedro and Claudio welcome Benedick for his light relief but the serious Benedick challenges
Claudio over Hero's death and Don Pedro revelas how Benedick has been fooled.
Benedick resigns from Don Pedro's service and informs Don Pedro that Don John has fled. He
blames Claudio and Don Pedro for killing Hero.
Don Johns men are brought in under guard.
As Dogberry begins his garbled account of the trial, Don Pedro questions Borachio, who
confesses what he has done.
Leonato returns and Claudio and Don Pedro beg to be able to make amends. Leonato orders
Claudio to mourn at Hero's tomb and marry his niece.
Borachio assures Leonato of Margaret's innocence.
Dogberry leaves, still sure it should be recorded that he has been called an ass.
Dogberry's ridiculous interventions show the way to a happy ending.
Leonato: `Give not me counsel, Nor let no comforter delight mine ear but such a one whose wrongs do suit
with mine.' Leonato still uses many first person pronouns, showing he is more concerned about his
reputation than his daughter. Using, synonyms, he communicates his woe, stating how it is easy for is
brother to comfort him because he hasn't been through it. Leonato's daughter is not really dead so his grief
is more for his loss of reputation.
Leonato: `I speak not like a dotard, nor a fool, / as under privilege of age to brag.' Where as Claudio and
Don Pedro are using Leonato's age against him, by calling him `Old man', he is proud of his years and states
that he is not feeble of senile
Antonio: `Boys, apes, braggarts, Jacks milksops.' After offering to fight Claudio and declaring that he loved
his niece, he offends Claudio and Don Pedro by saying that they are fools and using their younger age to
show their lack of wisdom, maturity and experience.
Don Pedro: `My heart is sorry for your daughters death: / but on my honour she was charged with nothing /
but what was true and very full of truth.' Although Don Pedro has been deceived, the audience can still
respect him for his sympathy over Hero and his justification of the accusation.
Benedick: `You are a villain, I jest not, I will make it good how you dare, with what you dare, and when you
dare.' Claudio and Don Pedro are shocked by Benedick's seriousness. His use of syntactical patterning
gives his argument weight.'

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Benedick: `I will leave you now to your gossiplike humour.' Benedick has matured, he could easily out wit
Claudio and Don Pedro but chooses to reply to the jokes about him being fooled into love in a honourable
Claudio: `He is then a giant to an ape, but then is an ape a doctor to such a man.…read more

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Scene 3
It is night and in a sombre ceremony, Claudio reads out a tribute to Hero to clear her name.
As dawn breaks Don Pedro and Claudio leave to get ready for the wedding.
The song reveals the destructiveness of male inconsistency.
A lightness of tone is created through use of alliteration and assonance.
Claudio: `Pardon, goddess of the night, / Those that slew thy virgin knight.…read more

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Benedick: `They swore that you were almost sick for me.'
Beatrice: `They swore that you were wellnigh dead for me.' Only now to Beatrice and Benedick realize that
they have been tricked so pretend that they don't really love each other and were merely showing affection
in sympathy.
Benedick: `Man is a giddy thing.' Many people have been deceived in the play Leonato, Don Pedro and
Claudio have all been tricked, and Benedick is the only man who has not morally transgressed.…read more


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