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DOGBERRY. Comparisons are odorous: palabras, neighbour Verges. How does Dogberry show his status in relation to Leonato? He calls him tedious. the broad sense of “temporal order in art which structures the relationship of the parts to one another. . Like Don John, the watchmen Dogberry and Verges don't appear in the same scenes as .. The Poems of Sir John Davies. (Oxford, ) . The constable Dogberry in Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' is a caricature of the police force during the Renaissance. In this lesson, we'll analyze his character and discover his purpose and then you'll test your knowledge with a quiz. Dogberry is a constable who watches.
Terry Rucker as Friar plays guitar. Mick Berry as Conrade beats out on the drum and dulcimer. As Claudio, actor Christopher Maikish earned rave applause as he sang a very bluesy song when his character pines over the loss of Hero. Not only does he have a wonderful voice, his emotions strike the right chords in us.
It stood out as one of the most unforgettable moments in the play…. As the evil Don John, Ryan Schmidt, also has fun with his villainous role.
Michael Ray Wisely as the Dogberry delivers a hilarious depiction of a cop who takes himself too seriously. He matches his motley crew of Verges played by Michael A. Their inept buffoonery resembles the Keystone Cops…. Later, Bridgett displaying his athletic ability as he climbs a very sturdy arched trellis ending up hanging by one foot brings a volley of gasps. There is a lot of slapstick between Darren Bridget and Cat Thompson.
Bridget plays Benedick as a bundle of inconsistency, his haughtiness and wit battling his various neuroses and romantic idealism for control. In an attempt to conceal his presence from his friends, he resorts to coming into the audience and sipping wine from an unsuspected spectator. It is a hilarious scene and he brings down the house with his antics.
In one scene, Cat Thompson walks around with a half gallon bottle of gin, drinking very liberally from the bottle. These two actors bring an implausible, spontaneous chemistry to their sparring, emotional relationship. There is also a madcap scene with the bumbling constable Dogberry, played hilariously by Michael Ray Wisely, in the second act.
His little troupe of law enforcement officers are strictly out of a Monty Python sketch. He even sings a melancholy love song in the second act. He suggests the family must fake Hero's death in order to extract the truth and Claudio's remorse.
Prompted by the day's harrowing events, Benedick and Beatrice confess their love for each other. Beatrice then asks Benedick to slay Claudio as proof of his devotion, since he has slandered her kinswoman. Benedick is horrified and at first denies her request.
Leonato and his brother Antonio blame Claudio for Hero's apparent death and challenge him to a duel. Benedick then does the same. Benedick is following the commands of Beatrice and is one of the few who believe Hero. Luckily, on the night of Don John's treachery, the local Watch apprehended Borachio and his ally Conrade.
Despite the comic ineptness of the Watch headed by constable Dogberrya master of malapropismsthey have overheard the duo discussing their evil plans. The Watch arrest the villains and eventually obtain a confession, informing Leonato of Hero's innocence.
Though Don John has fled the city, a force is sent to capture him. Claudio, stricken with remorse at Hero's supposed death, agrees to her father's demand that he marry Antonio's daughter, "almost the copy of my child that's dead"  and carry on the family name. At the wedding, the bride is revealed to be Hero, still living. Beatrice and Benedick, prompted by their friends' interference, finally and publicly confess their love for each other.
As the play draws to a close, a messenger arrives with news of Don John's capture — but Benedick proposes to postpone his punishment to another day so that the couples can enjoy their new-found happiness. Don Pedro is lonely because he hasn't found love. Thus Benedick gives him the advice "Get thee a wife. The earliest printed text states that Much Ado About Nothing was "sundry times publicly acted" prior to and it is likely that the play made its debut in the autumn or winter of — The play was published in quarto in by the stationers Andrew Wise and William Aspley.
This was the only edition prior to the First Folio in Analysis and criticism[ edit ] Style[ edit ] The play is one of the few in the Shakespeare canon where the majority of the text is written in prose. Sicily was ruled by Aragon at the time the play was set. Act II, Scene v: Benedick and Beatrice quickly became the main interest of the play, to the point where they are today considered the leading roles, even though their relationship is given equal or lesser weight in the script than Claudio and Hero's situation.
While this was reflected and emphasized in certain plays of the period, it was also challenged. It seems that comic drama could be a means of calming such anxieties. Ironically, we can see through the play's popularity that this only increased people's interest in such behavior.
Benedick wittily gives voice to male anxieties about women's "sharp tongues and proneness to sexual lightness". This stereotype is turned on its head in Balthazar's song "Sigh No More," which presents men as the deceitful and inconstant sex that women must suffer.
Infidelity[ edit ] A theme in Shakespeare is cuckoldry or the infidelity of a wife. Several of the characters seem to be obsessed by the idea that a man has no way to know if his wife is faithful and therefore women can take full advantage of that fact.
Don John plays upon Claudio's pride and fear of cuckoldry, which leads to the disastrous first wedding.
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Many of the males easily believe that Hero is impure and even her father readily condemns her with very little proof. This motif runs through the play, often in references to horns, a symbol of cuckoldry. In contrast, Balthasar's song " Sigh No More " tells women to accept men's infidelity and continue to live joyfully. Some interpretations say that Balthasar sings poorly, undercutting the message.
This is supported by Benedick's cynical comments about the song, where he compares it to a howling dog. However, in the Branagh film Balthasar sings beautifully, the song is also given a prominent role in both the opening and finale and the message appears to be embraced by the women in the film. The games and tricks played on people often have the best intentions—to make people fall in love, to help someone get what they want, or to lead someone to realize their mistake.
However, not all are meant well, such as when Don John convinces Claudio that Don Pedro wants Hero for himself, or when Borachio meets 'Hero' who is actually Margaret, pretending to be Hero in Hero's bedroom window.
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These modes of deceit play into a complementary theme of emotional manipulation and the ease with which the characters' sentiments are redirected and their propensities exploited as a means to an end. The characters' feelings for each other are played as vehicles to reach an ultimate goal of engagement rather than seen as an end in themselves. Masks and mistaken identity[ edit ] People are constantly pretending to be others or being mistaken for other people.
An example of this is Margaret who is mistaken for Hero, which leads to Hero's public disgrace at her wedding with Claudio. However, during a masked ball in which everyone must wear a mask, Beatrice rants about Benedick to a masked man who turns out to be Benedick himself but she acts unaware of this at the time.
During the same celebration, Don Pedro, masked, pretends to be Claudio and courts Hero for him.
After Hero is announced "dead," Leonato orders Claudio to marry his "niece," who is actually Hero in disguise.