1. Who is your favorite character?
Answer: My favorite female character is Beatrice because she is self-confident, proud, tartly and eloquent. Her behaviour is unconventional and she loves her liberty.
2. You can either date Signor Benedick, Signor Claudio, Don Pedro or Don John. Who would you ask out on a date? Explain your choice.
Answer: I think I am too choosy for dating just one of them, because they all have character traits. I like Signor Benedick because of his humour and charm. I prefer Signor Claudio because of his emotionalism, sensibility and sensitiveness. I am into Don Pedro because of his maturity and his honourableness. I love Don John because he is the “bad guy” with a mystic aura and his outward appearance is very handsome! (Don John played by Keanu Reeves [hot!] in the movie by Kenneth Branagh, 1993)
3. Which of the two marriages look more promising: that of Claudio and Hero, or that of Benedick and Beatrice? Take into consideration the behavior of the four characters during the plot.
Answer: At first it is important to figure out what “promising” means. From my point of view it does not mean that they live happily ever after and there will be no divorce. I think it means that couple complements one another. It is about felicity, happiness, faithfulness and honesty.
|Beatrice ♥ Benedick||– humour is very important
– but are their feelings deep enough?
– finally they confessed their love
– their characters are very similar
|Hero ♥ Claudio||– very deep feelings
– but Claudio is doubtful
– is it an arranged marriage or a love marriage?
I think both of those relationships are wonderful and promising. It works if you have fun together and it works if you love each other!
4. Letter writing: Imagine you have just seen William Shakespeare on the street. There were so many things you wanted to ask/tell him about his latest comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Unfortunately, he was off to a press conference. So you decide to write him a letter instead. You may want to (and you should) make use of the following adjectives:
impressing [beeindruckend] – touching [berührend] – inspiring [inspirierend] – powerful [kraftvoll] – striking [bemerkenswert] – affecting [rührend] – unmemorable [nicht sehr beeindruckend] – implausible [unglaubwürdig] – up-to-date [aktuell]– dubious [fragwürdig] – improbable [unwahrscheinlich]– unconvincing [nicht überzeugend] – (un)realistic [(un-)realistisch] – cheesy (col.) [kitschig] – light-hearted [unbeschwert] – entertaining [unterhaltsam] – charming [reizend] – diverting [zerstreuend] – humorous [humorvoll] – enchanting [bezaubernd] – captivating [fesselnd] – romantic [romantisch] – gripping [spannend]– spellbinding [faszinierend] – mind-numbing [todlangweilig] – repetitive [sich wiederholend] – monotonous [monoton] – tedious [ermüdend] – outdated [überholt] – hilarious [lustig] – stilted [gestelzt] – constructed [konstruiert] – pretentious [prätentiös] – shallow [flach] – side-splitting [zwerchfellerschütternd] – contradictory [widersprüchlich] – inconsistent [ungereimt] – misleading [irreführend] – soppy [rührselig] – sentimental [sentimental]
“Dear Mr. Shakespeare,
There are so many things about “Much Ado About Nothing” I have been longing to tell you ever since I first read your comedy …
You are one of the most important playwright ever – and I am glad that you found the time to read my letter.
I have read your comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” in my English-course. And I enjoyed it especially because of the blog-project around this captivating and impressing piece of English literature! The language you used is very striking and inspiring! On the one hand there are touching and affecting tragic elements (e.g. the cancelled wedding between Claudio and Hero), on the other hand the entertaining and humorous disputations between Benedick and Beatrice are side-splitting and hilarious. Sometimes I was laughing, sometimes I was strained: The cheesy and light-hearted (and maybe shallow and implausible) happy-end makes me love your romantic and enchanting comedy set in Messina.
Kind regards to you and the 16th century ;-) ”