Much Ado About Nothing Key Scenes

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Much ado about nothing
Potential passages for my exam

* Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 1-70 (opening of the play) * Act 2 Scene 1 Lines 1-60 (Beatrice views on love) * Act 2 Scene 1 Lines 160-257 (Love Benedick and Beatrice) * Act 2 Scene 3 Lines 6-27 and 181-200 (Benedicks speeches on love) * Act 3 Scene 1 Lines 37-end (Gulling of Beatrice) * Act 3 Scene 3 Lines 1-77 (Dogberry+Comedy) * Act 3 Scene 4 Lines 29- end (Beatrice in love) * Act 3 Scene 5 (Dogberry) * Act 4 Scene 1 Lines 1-104 (Shaming of Hero), Lines 105-247 (Plan by Friar Francis) and rest of the scene (Beatrice and Benedick) * Act 5 Scene 1 lines 108-173 * Act 5 Scene 1 lines 269-292 * Act 5 Scene 2 Lines 32-end

Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 1-70
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He lists the many virtues he would require in a future wife. When the prince, Claudio and Leonato approach Benedick Hides.
Quotes from the speech:
8-12 “I do much wonder, that one man seeing how much another man is a fool, when he dedicates his behaviors to love, will after he hath laughed at such shallow follies in others, become the argument of his own scorn, by falling in love: and such a man is Claudio”
*Means: “I think it’s amazing how a man- who has seen how foolish another man makes himself when he gets obsessed about love- will become the exact thing he once criticized and fall in love himself- and that’s the kind of man Claudio is.”

13-15 “I have known when there was no much with him but the drum and the fife and now he had rather hear the talor and the pipe”
*Means: “I remember when he only had ears for military music now its all namby pamby ceremonial music. “

15-21 “He was wont to speak plain and to the purpose like an honest man a soldier; and now is he turned orthography- his words are a very fantastical banquet just so many strange dishes. May I be so converted and see with these eyes? I cannot tell- I think not- I will not be sworn but love may transform me to an oyster; but I’ll take my oath on it, till he have made an oyster of me, he shall never make me such a fool”
*Means: “He used to speak plainly and clearly like an honest man and solider- now he talks in a flowerly style. Could I be transformed and end up
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