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Much Ado About Nothing
Act 3, scenes 1 & 2…read more

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Act 3
Consider how the potential for both
comedy and tragedy is exploited by
Use the sheet provided to record your
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Act 3, scene 1
Gulling of Beatrice by the women
similarities and differences between
the previous scene - incomplete
Use of language. Compare Beatrice's
soliloquy with Benedick's in the last
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Act 3, scene 1
Gulling of Beatrice
Tricked in a similar way to Benedick. In same orchard. Natural
setting reflects natural inevitability of love
Hero and Ursula and Margaret - symmetry of 3
The women speak entirely in verse (compared to prose by men
in previous scene). Adds weight and seriousness to the gulling
as opposed to comic quality of men's prose (although gulling is
partly humorous)
Beatrice's soliloquy is more serious than Benedick's, without
the comic aspect where Benedick tries to rationalise his
sudden love for her. She speaks in blank verse - more formal
and indicative of her love. Dignified. Doesn't fear being mocked
for changing her mind about Benedick, : I will requite thee'…read more

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Act 3 scene 1
Quiet and subdued, a woman of her age - upper class, subject to rule of her
father, dutiful daughter, fulfilling expectations of men, honourable and chaste.
Appears to be dominated by Beatrice and silent in the company of men. When
Antonio says that he trusts Hero will be `ruled by your father' in the matter of a
husband, Beatrice replies for Hero, saying it is her `duty to make curtsy, and
say, Father, as it please you'
Now reveals her own character, when not in the company of men or in the
shadow of Beatrice's domination. This scene reveals the development of her
character. She understands the nuances of relationships and is able to use a
variety of ploys to trick Beatrice, showing her understanding of Beatrice's
character: `Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps'.
In command of the situation. Hurtful comments about Beatrice, e.g. `she
cannot love,/Nor take no shape nor project of affection,'She is so self-
endeared'. Painful for Beatrice to overhear, but carefully planned by Hero to
gull Beatrice. Is there an element of Hero using the opportunity to point out
some of Beatrice's faults? If so, consider what this may say about the
repression of Hero's feelings. Or is this simply to gull Beatrice into loving
Benedick, which Hero desires for her cousin?…read more

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Act 3 scene 2
Benedick's changed appearance is
deceiving: `There is no appearance of
fancy in him... strange disguises' (DP).
Strange clothes, shaved beard,
perfume and melancholy attest to his
being love-sick
Tries to hide his love as tooth-ache.
Amusing as he bluffs to hide the
feelings he has so disdained in Claudio…read more

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