What’s meant by ‘Context’ :
1. Historical Context:
the relationship between the ideas and events in the play and the time when the play was written.
2. Literary Context:
other texts and traditions of which the playwright was aware.
3. Text Context:
where and when the play was set by the playwright.
4. Audience Context:
ways in which interpretation and audience response reflect the different times and places in which the play was performed.
5. Performance Context:
every performance (on stage or screen) is a director’s interpretation of what Shakespeare wrote. A key decision by a director is where and when to set the play.
- Do NOT need to know about Shakespeare himself.
- DO need to know about Elizabethan society and ideas and their links to Much Ado.
- ^ Make perceptive, critical comments about the ways the contextual…