Much Ado About Nothing. By William Shakespeare. Genre. Comedy – made up of a series of complications and misunderstandings that are resolved in the end Tragicomedy – the complications in the play have the potential to turn disastrous or even deadly for the character. Other Terms.
By William Shakespeare
Comedy – made up of a series of complications and misunderstandings that are resolved in the end
Tragicomedy – the complications in the play have the potential to turn disastrous or even deadly for the character
Cuckold – a negative term for man whose wife cheats on him; cuckolds are portrayed as having horns
Pun – a joke that is based on the fact that word can have more than one meaning or that words with different meanings can sound alike
Q: How come a camel is so hard to see in the desert?
Much Ado About Nothing – a big deal about nothing
Nothing is also a pun for noting
Much of the play deals with characters “noting” – observing others, overhearing something or writing something down
These “notings” are often not accurate – characters mishear, misunderstand what they hear, and report the wrong information
Don Pedro – sometimes called “the Prince”; an important nobleman who is close to the soldiers fighting under him
Leonato – the governor of Messina; a wealthy nobleman; the play takes place in his home
Hero – Leonato’s beautiful young daughter
Claudio – a young soldier who falls in love with Hero
Benedick – a soldier fighting under Don Pedro; he swears he will never marry and does not trust women
Beatrice – Leonato’s niece and cousin of Hero. She can be kind and caring, but also use her wit to tease and mock others.
Don John – Don Pedro’s illegitimate half-brother; “the bastard”; he is jealous of his brother
Magaret and Ursula – two of Hero’s serving woman
Borachio and Conrad – friends of Don John who help him with his evil schemes
Dogberry – the chief of police in Messina
Verges – the deputy to Dogberry
Antonio – Leonato’s older brother; Hero and Beatrice’s uncle
Balthasar – a servant and musician in Leonato’s household
People choose who they fall in love with.
Most men and women eventually cheat.
It’s better to stay single than risk being cheated on by your spouse.
Men are attracted to women who are assertive and bold.
Jealousy in a romantic relationship is a sign of serious problems.
Rumors and gossip can destroy even the strongest relationships