In the exam, you will need to able to support your ideas with quotations from the exam extract and from the text as a whole.
You should try to build a bank of quotations for each character and theme and learn these so that you can use them readily in your exam response.
For a higher mark in the exam, you should try to analyse quotations closely.
Try to zoom in on individual words, this will demonstrate to the examiner your close eye to detail.
- what language/structure/dramatic device has Shakespeare used? E.g. puns, metaphor, etc.
- what are the connotations of this word? What does it suggest about the character/theme?
- what effect does this have on the audience?
- how does it help to reflect something about the context in which Shakespeare was writing?
Have a go at the following questions which will help you to closely analyse quotations and think about what they suggest about particular characters, themes or ideas in 'Much Ado About Nothing'.
The quotations/text used in this exercise are from the copyrighted works of William Shakespeare, 'Much Ado About Nothing'.