The Device of a Masked Dance in Act Two Scene One of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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The Device of a Masked Dance in Act Two Scene One of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing


Shakespeare uses the device of a masked dance in Act II Scene I for
many reasons, mainly for the entertainment value of an Elizabethan
audience these were the people Shakespeare intended the play to be
viewed by, and also to dramatically further the plot.

Using a masked dance allows for many characters to be in the same
place at the same time, allowing all of the different social classes
to mix and interact, something which would not normally have happened
in Elizabethan times.

This would have had a pleasing effect on the 'groundlings' watching
the performance and also one of amusement to the
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When he is told by Borachio that Hero has been unfaithful to
him he says "Goodbye Hero," which is implying that he is going to
leave her as he believes what Borachio is telling him.

The audience will be able to se form this form this part of the scene
just how fickle Claudio is and how easily he can be miss-lead by other
people, even if they are not his close friends.

A masked dance scene would involve lots of music and dancing, laughter
and banter. All of these things are the kind of factors Shakespeare
has intended to use to satisfy all corners of his Elizabethan
audience, form the groundlings to the upper classes.

The groundlings would go to the theatre, pay a very small fee, and
stand at the front of the 'courtyard' and may not even have a good
view of the stage, therefore they would only go to be entertained and
'have a laugh', where as the aristocracy would pay a higher fee, get a
better view, with seats, and would expect to experience something with
a little more intellect to it. For example, clever wit and complex
plots and sub-plots.

The aristocracy among the audience would be particularly entertained
by the development of the plot and the misunderstanding that take
place during the masked dance. The wit and sophisticated humour would
also entertain the upper classes as this would be the kind of…