Author: William Shakespeare
Hardcover: 176 page(s)
Age Range: 9+
Ontario curriculum: Language - Reading
"Much Ado About Nothing" is generally considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.
"As You Like It" contains some of Shakespeare??????????s loveliest poetry, contrasts a court??????????s world of envy and rivalry with a forest??????????s world of compassion and harmony. In the Forest of Arden, the banished young heroine, Rosalind, disguised as a gentleman farmer, encounters an extraordinary assemblage of characters, including a fool, a malcontent traveler, her own banished father, and the banished young man she loves. Romantic happiness triumphs, even as we laugh at the excesses of love, at the ways of court and countryside, indeed, at everything, in this masterpiece of comic writing.
The stories are in Simplified Chinese first followed by the English at the back.