How Shakespeare Entertains the Audience in Much Ado

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How Shakespeare Entertains the Audience in Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare made this particular scene extremely entertaining for the audience, as Claudio, Leonato and Don Pedro were tricking Benedick into thinking that Beatrice was in love with him, which resulted into pure entertainment. From the first line, the audience could tell that this scene would be entertaining. ‘Come hither Leonato, what was it you told me of today, that your niece Beatrice was in love with Signor Benedick?’ This is because the action begins immediately, and the trick has already begun. These words can be used well, and exaggerated in some areas such as ‘Beatrice’ ‘love’ and ‘Benedick’. In the movie, Leonato exaggerated his speech, entertaining the audience. As a result of that, Benedick’s deckchair collapsed when he heard those words, symbolising he was in shock, and also indicating that there would be more amusement to come. Also, Claudio, Don Pedro and Leonato sat down in unison together, implying this was rehearsed, and adding to the comedy factor. Claudio replied ‘Stalk on, stalk on; the fowl sits. - I did never think that lady would have loved any man.’ The part I have highlighted in bold was intended for only Don Pedro to hear. Claudio is talking about Benedick, and compares him to a hunter catching his prey. Moreover, another quote in line 108: ‘He hath ta'en th' infection. Hold it up.’ Also, in line 97, he also makes another comment: ‘Bait the hook well, this fish will bite,’ comparing Benedick to a fish soon to be caught by bait. These comparisons are amusing, as Claudio’s imagery is witty, and Benedick has no idea that this is a trick. Benedick believes that Beatrice loves him because of the ‘white-bearded fellow that speaks it.’ This

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