Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing “How does the Composer entertain his audience in this scene? ” In Kenneth Branner’s Much Ado About Nothing, people are entertained by many traditional comedic conventions that are very much the base of most Shakespearean comedy’s. In the current scene (Dogberry and fellow guards), some of the Shakespearean comedic conventions used include malapropism, visual humour, disguise and (partially) language.
All these conventions are then further backed up and conveyed through many film techniques including; panning, medium shots, close shots, low key lighting, two shots, establishing shots, multiple cuts and a few reaction shots. All of these techniques add up to create a very entertaining and detailed film scene. One of the main Shakespearean comedic conventions used in this scene are a combination of language and malapropism that Dogberry uses. Malapropism is when you use words that you don’t understand, and therefore use them in the incorrect context.
This means that your sentence becomes almost invalid and pointless. An example of one of Dogberry’s malapropisms is this: “One word, sir. Our watch, sir, have indeed comprehended two aspicious persons, and we would have them this morning examined before your worship. ” The words Dogberry is trying to use are apprehended and suspicious. The main reason that Dogberry is using this is that he is trying to show his leadership and trying to look smarter, but is (ironically) achieving the exact opposite.
Some film techniques used in this scene to convey the message, entertain the audience and deliver parts of Dogberry’s character are; reaction shots, two shots and close shots. The reaction shot is used to convey the surprise and amusement of Dogberry’s fellow guards. Two shots are used to show and convey to the audience the fact that many people are there with Dogberry and to show their reactions and facial expressions. Close shots reveal otherwise unseen visual humour, an example of this is the fear and sweat shown on the faces of his other guards of Dogberry.
Another Shakespearean comedic convention used is visual humour. Throughout this scene many instances of visual humour have occurred. Visual Humour is when the audience can see the whole/bigger picture, while some or most of the characters in the scene cannot. Visual Humour also ties in with Dramatic Irony, as they are both the same. Visual Humour can also be something that is just funny to watch (e. g. an epic fail video). An example of Visual Humour in this scene is the clumsiness of Dogberry and his counterparts.
They all are fumbling and “epic failing” and this is a part of visual humour. The director has helped convey and make this scene much more entertaining by using two shots, close shots and many reaction shots. In this scene two shots are used to put two faces together, so the audience can see all/most of the important part. Close shots were used so the audience can get a very good/close up look at the reactions and facial expressions of the characters. This makes it extremely entertaining to watch, as some of the reactions and looks are quite interesting.
One of the last Shakespearean comedic conventions used is disguise. Now when you think of disguise most people think of masks and costumes. But in this scene the convention of disguise is not extremely obvious. There is no one wearing masks or costumes, but Dogberry is trying to disguise himself as a character to be feared and respected. Now most of us know that this is far from the truth. Through previous conventions and film techniques we know that Dogberry is more of an uneducated and clumsy character.
The director of this film made this quite entertaining and informative by showing us multiple reaction shots to what Dogberry has said. Most of his counterparts are fooled by Dogberry’s disguise, and therefore view him as a character to be feared and respected. Dogberry is actually also quite a lazy character, emphasizing the point that he is using disguise quite a lot and to big effect on his part. In conclusion, Kenneth Branner uses many comedic conventions in this scene to make it entertaining, informative and interesting.
These conventions include malapropism, visual humour, disguise and language. Every one of these techniques are conveyed and supported by Kenneth Branner’s use of multiple film techniques. Some of these techniques include; panning, medium shots, close shots, low key lighting, two shots, establishing shots, multiple cuts and reaction shots. When you add all these techniques and conventions together, you end up with an extremely entertaining, detailed and interesting scene.