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Group Readings > Much Ado...Act 3, June 5

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message 1: by Candy (new)

Candy | 2724 comments Mod
Posts about Act 3 of "Much Ado About Nothing" begin here....


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Phil Jensen | 97 comments Hero finally gets something to do. How does her character seem to you now?

We meet Dogberry, the clown of the play. Did you find him funny?

Claudio falls for a pretty cheesy ploy. Is he supposed to be a little dim?


message 3: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel | 176 comments Claudio has stinted emotions. He likes the look of Hero but won't do his own wooing, so doesn't actually get to know her - hence judges her entirely from the outside. Surely this is to throw B&B into relief, as people who confront each other directly with their doubts and anxieties. as for Dogberry, a good actor can make him funny, but he's also there to illustrate a few points. He's constantly invoking God - I think more than any other S character except perhaps Henry V. He also caves in completely to class privilege. Incidentally constables were not a profession - local citizens took on the role in turn for a year.


message 4: by Jim (new)

Jim | 38 comments I find Dogberry and friends help cleanse the palate for upcoming scenes with some eye-rolling puns. It's a bit of a relief to have some characters who aren't as driven by pride and standing.


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