Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis: I hate you, I love you, I hate you, I love you. Let’s all get married. 

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious (and verbose) comedies. In this Honors English unit, we’ll explore Shakespeare’s world and wordplay through the framework of this misshapen love story. You’ll brush up on Shakespearean history, throw down Shakespearean insults, learn to blazon your beloved, decode and perform Shakespeare like a pro, and follow the themes of deception, observation, and empowerment in this ahead-of-its-time comedy.

Background Information for Understanding the Plot

  • Brace yourselves for this amazing bit of YouTubing. (Make sure no one attractive is nearby, because this is bound to ruin your chances of looking cool. It is totally hilarious though.)