Relatable Characters

Relatable Characters

Act 3, Scenes 4 and 5 Discussion

Opening

This is the time to discuss with your teacher any questions you have about the scenes you finished reading for homework.

Here are some questions to get you started.

  • What does Margaret think is wrong with Beatrice?
  • Do you remember who the two men the guard has arrested are? What is their role in the plot so far?

Rumor 101

Work Time

Today, you’ll be reading act 4, scene 1 aloud in class, and you and your classmates will take the parts of the characters. This is a short but very important scene because it shows the true mettle of all the characters: who believes the scene’s terrible rumor and who does not tells us a lot about the characters.

But before you begin, consider rumor. Take a look at these famous sayings and poems about how it impacts people’s lives.

  • Record your initial thoughts about these rumor readings.
  • Do any of them sound familiar to you? Why is that?

Act 4, Scene 1 Read Aloud

Work Time

First, listen carefully as your teacher introduces act 4, scene 1.

  • Then read act 4, scene 1 aloud with your class, stopping along the way for questions and clarifications.
  • Your teacher will assign parts so that as many students as possible read.
  • When you finish the scene, take a few moments to include more information about your characters in your Much Ado About Nothing Character Chart. How have they changed since the play began?

Act 4, Scene 1 Characterization

Work Time

With a partner or a small group, discuss these questions about the dramatic action in act 4, scene 1, and add anything important to your Much Ado About Nothing Character Chart.

Be sure to write down your thoughts.

  • Why is Claudio so eager and willing to believe the worst, especially since this is the second time he’s been duped?
  • Why would Hero’s own father believe the falsehood?
  • Why would Claudio mortify Hero in front of everyone? What does this say about him?
  • How does this relate to the categories in The Good and the Badde ? Into what category would you put Hero? What category does Claudio think she belongs in?
  • How important is reputation? Has this importance changed since Shakespeare’s time?

Act 4, Scene 1 Rumors

Closing

Discuss your group’s thoughts and questions with the whole class.

  • This is a great time to clear up anything that might still be confusing to you. Don’t hesitate to ask for help—keep in mind that Shakespeare’s language can be tricky even for experienced modern-day readers.
  • Next, take a second look at the poems and sayings about rumor that you encountered in the lesson opening.
  • Has what you’ve read in the play given you a new perspective on them?

Act 4, Scene 2

Homework

  • Read and annotate act 4, scene 2.
  • Complete your Dialectical Journal entries for both scenes in act 4. They are due at the beginning of the next lesson.