Much Ado About Nothing Analysis

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William Shakespeare is a 16th century playwright who many consider to be the greatest playwright of all time. One of his more popular plays, Much Ado About Nothing, was first performed in 1612 and is considered as a comedic play. An indication of that it is a comedy is that no one dies and there is a marriage in the play, but an even more overwhelming sign is that the play is actually funny. This was achieved with the use of language techniques throughout the script to ensure humour was present throughout Much Ado About Nothing. A few of those techniques include Puns, Innuendo and Irony. These techniques clearly show the Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy. Puns are heavily present throughout the play, with the title itself being a pun. Nothing was a slang for the vagina, meaning the practically read Much Ado About Vagina, which was a strong indication from the beginning of what laid ahead. Puns were used all throughout Beatrice’s dialogue in Act 1, Scene 1 when a messenger is speaking to her regarding Benedick, “Messenger: [speaking about Benedick to Beatrice] And a good soldier too, lady. Beatrice: And a good soldier to a lady, but what is he to a lord? Messenger: A lord to a lord, a man to a man, stuffed with all honourable. Beatrice: It is so indeed. He is no less than a stuffed man. But for the stuffing—well, we are all mortal virtues” There are two puns here, the first being the replacement of too, meaning also, and replacing it with to, meaning concerning someone. The

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