Max Notes: Much Ado about Nothing

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Overview


REA’s MAXnotes is an insightful series of literature study guides covering over 80 of the most popular literary works.

MAXnotes study guides are student friendly and provide all the essentials needed to prepare students for homework, discussions, reports, and exams.

Our MAXnotes for William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing study guide includes an overall summary, character lists, explanation and discussion of the plot, overview of the work’s historical context, and a biography of the author. Each section of the work is individually summarized and includes study questions and answers.

Our William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing MAXnotes study guide is a handy resource when preparing for exams or doing homework, and it makes a great companion to the original work.

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing MAXnotes is also an invaluable resource for English teachers who are teaching the original work and need a refresher. Each MAXnotes includes topics for term papers with sample outlines.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This entertaining retelling of the Shakespeare comedy includes extracts from the original text and is illustrated with expressive cartoon-like drawings. The story is preceded with an illustrated character list for easy reference. It is part of The Shakespeare Collection that includes retellings of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Tempest. The text of each book has been reviewed by Kathy Elgin of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The distinguished publisher, Oxford University Press, pegs the age range at 7 to 10. The publisher's web site says that these lively books make Shakespeare accessible to a young audience, sparking a lifelong interest in the Bard and his world. Although the text is quite readable, it seems unlikely to me that the specified age group would be interested in a tale of love, hate, and deception set in the far past. Isn't there a danger that children 10 and under may be turned off forever by a tale so irrelevant to them? The book would seem to be more useful for those who want a quick introduction or review of the plot, perhaps before seeing the play. 2002, Oxford University Press,
— Janet Crane Barley
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-These series titles aim to make the Bard's words accessible via free-prose adaptations. The formulaic retellings convey the plot lines of two popular comedies, but all evidence of his poetic genius is missing. Instead, modern slang expressions and/or cliches, such as Toby Belch's complaining of Olivia's "mooching around gloomy rooms" and Andrew's dancing "like a drunken flamingo," replace Shakespeare's more fluid language, trivializing his words. The characters are all included, introduced through pictures at the beginning of each volume, but all but the two main ones remain completely two-dimensional, and the relationships among them are unclear. This is particularly true in Much Ado, a complicated story with incidental characters whose purpose in the play is difficult to discern. For instance, Conrad and Borachio suddenly appear, but there is little sense as to why they are part of the plot against Claudio. The cartoon watercolor renderings, alternating between black-and-white and color, vary from quarter- to half-page in size and suggest the style used by animators. Thus, while they do reinforce the stories, there is a sameness among them, adding to the lack of character development. In fact the characters' images could be interchanged, even between plays, without much confusion. These books are no substitute either for the originals or even for Marchette Chute's classic Stories from Shakespeare (World, 1956; o.p.).-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878910335
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: MAXnotes Literature Guides
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,318,537
  • Age range: 16 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations viii
Preface ix
Abbreviations and conventions xi
Introduction 1
Sources 1
The date of the play 7
Stage history 10
The criticism of the play 29
A note on the text 41
Postscript, March 1987 45
Recent stage, film and critical interpretations, by Angela Stock 48
List of characters 63
The Play 65
Supplementary notes 158
Textual analysis 160
Appendixes 160
1 The time-scheme of Much Ado About Nothing 166
2 Lewis Carroll's letter to Ellen Terry 169
3 Benedick's song, 5.2.18-22 171
Reading list 171
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