Much Ado About Nothing Outline





English Honors Nine
Period 6
August 24, 1999
Much Ado About Nothing

I. Act I
A. Scene 1
1. A messenger comes to Leonato and tells him Don Pedro is coming
2. Don Pedro defeated Don John\'s rebellion
3. Don Pedro arrives in Messina with 3 others
a. Don John-now reconciled with Don Pedro
b. Claudio
c. Benedict
4. All the men come to the governor of Messina
5. Beatrice and Benedict insult each other
6. Claudio tells Benedict how he feels about Hero
7. Don Pedro says he will woo Hero for Claudio
B. Scene II
1. Leonato hears that Don Pedro is going woo Hero for himself (which is not true)
2. Leonato tells Hero what is going to happen
C. Scene III
1. Don John is told be Conrade about the deal that Don Pedro and Claudio have made
2. Don John and his associates decide to thwart the plan to get back Claudio and Don Pedro.
II. Act II
A. Scene I
1. Beatrice describes her perfect husband and her uncle is amazed at how observant she is
2. Hero is guarded by her uncle Antonio so she won\'t be influenced by her father Leonato
3. All the men put on their masks
4. Antonio\'s mask fools no on and is commented on by Ursula
5. Beatrice is apparently tricked by Benedicts mask and talks about him in a derogatory fashion
6. Benedict is obviously surprised at her speech and comments that he will tell Benedict what she has said
7. Don John and Borachio, who are not wearing their masks, go to Claudio.
a. Don John and Borachio convince Claudio that they have been tricked by his mask into thinking he is Benedict
b. They tell Claudio the Don Pedro is planning to marry Hero himself and that he lied to Claudio and he believes them
8. Benedict jokes on how the Prince has Hero but Claudio believes him to be truthful
9. Don Pedro says that he wooed in Claudio\'s favor
10. Don Pedro speaks of Beatrice\'s words about Benedict
11. Beatrice appears and interrupts Don Pedro
12. Benedict insults Beatrice and makes a hasty exit
13. Don Pedro tells Claudio that Hero will marry him and leaves Claudio speechless
14. Beatrice speaks to Hero and Claudio with many witty remarks and them exits
15. Don Pedro hatches a plan to bring Beatrice and Benedict together in marriage
B. Scene II
1. Don John plans to try to break up Claudio and Hero again
2. Borachio has a plan to break up Claudio and Hero
a. Borachio plans to use Margaret to deceive Don John and Claudio into thinking Hero is unfaithful
b. Borachio is promised a thousand ducats if the plan works
C. Scene III
1. Benedict thinks about Claudio\'s upcoming marriage and remembers when Claudio would have thought it outrageous himself
2. Don Pedro and Leonato enter and Benedict hides
3. Balthasar is asked to sing a love song
4. Benedict is tricked into overhearing a conversation that is supposed to make him fall in love with Beatrice
a. The three men claim that Beatrice is madly in love with Benedict
b. They leave Benedict completely convinced that Beatrice is in love with him
5. To complete the ruse Beatrice is sent to call Benedict to dinner
6. Benedict thinks that everything she said was a affirmation of love
III. Act III
A. Scene I
1. Margaret lures Beatrice into the orchard
2. Beatrice overhears Hero and Ursula\'s staged conversion
a. They speak of how much Benedict loves Beatrice and how he doesn\'t want to say anything because he is afraid of ridicule
3. Beatrice is convinced that Benedict is madly in love with her and she claims she will willingly take his hand
B. Scene II
1. Don John and Claudio joke with Benedict because they know he is in love
2. Don Pedro and Claudio keep making fun of Benedict to get all the pleasure out of his silent suffering
3. Benedict and Leonato draw aside
4. Don John comes and tells Don Pedro and Claudio that Hero is disloyal and that he can prove this because she will have another man in her chambers by the window later on that night
C. Scene III
1. Dogberry and Verges instruct the watch to not do anything when they are met with resistance
2. The watch then spies on Borachio and Conrade while Borachio outlines how he and Don John have deceived Don Pedro and Claudio
3. The watch arrest both Conrade and Borachio
D. Scene IV
1. On Hero\'s wedding day Margaret prepares her for the ceremony
2. They start talking about sex
3. Beatrice comes and tries to continue with the conversation but grows tired of it
4. Ursula enters and tells them to go to the church
E. Scene V
1. Dogberry and Verges tell Leonato of Conrade and Borachio\'s arrest
2. In his haste to prepare for his daughters wedding he ignores the arrest
3. Leonato leaves for the wedding
4. Dogberry and Verges leave for the jail to interrogate their prisoners
IV. Act IV
A. Scene I
1. At the