Much Ado About Nothing Analysis

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Shakespeare’s fundamental understanding of language is, arguably, what makes the imaginative design of his various works so transcendent. With layer upon layer of meaning, his words leave an infinite amount of room for speculation and analysis. This legacy shines particularly bright within the Shakespearean comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The entire play is driven by witty banter and passionate speeches – even the play’s title is given dimension through Shakespeare’s choice of words! The words “nothing” and “noting” were pronounced in a similar way around the time Shakespeare wrote this play, so it is reasonable to assume that he was implying a connection between the driving force of the play (deceit) and “noting” when he chose the title. This connection is supported by multiple instances of “noting” throughout the play, though a particular passage from the final act and scene of this play in which Beatrice and Benedict become engaged (5.4.74-98) especially exemplifies this connection. This passage in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing plays on the concept of “noting” in a literal sense to exemplify the imaginative design of the title’s designation: the characters create a bizarre set of circumstances out of “noting.” At the start of the passage, Beatrice and Benedict discover the nature of the lies upon which they founded their love for one another. There is a mirror effect in the language they use to reveal their honest feelings: one asks the other if they are in love,
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