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English Literature

Language

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Using language in your answer

Most tasks allow you to write or talk about how language is used in the play. So imagine your title is: 'How does Beatrice change during the course of Much Ado About Nothing?' There are all sorts of references you can make to language:

When we first meet Beatrice, she seems to be a clever, independent woman. She speaks openly, not waiting to be asked, and seems to like making fun of Benedick in particular. She compares him with "a disease", and her repartee makes even the messenger afraid of her. Throughout the play she uses puns, such as saying Claudio is "civil as an orange". This shows her witty nature, because she plays on the similarity between "civil" and "Seville": he is either polite or bitter (just like the oranges from Seville).

This combines much of what we have covered so far. It starts to answer the question without filling up the page with irrelevant facts, plot details and fancy technical terms. Remember, you do not have to tick off the language terms like a trainspotter. Instead, show you appreciate some of the techniques Shakespeare used, and the effects they have on his audience.

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