Much Ado About Nothing Double Entendre Analysis

749 WordsSep 10, 20173 Pages
Much Ado About Nothing is a comical 14th century play, written by the most influential play writer of all time - William Shakespeare. In 1598 and 1599 when this play was written, there were merely two types of genres; comedy and tragedy. Hence, Much Ado About Nothing is classified as a comedy, since no characters die, there is a happy ending and a comic hero/heroine. In the play, Leonato arranges the hasty engagement of Claudio to his daughter, Hero. Don John appears to also love Hero, and plots to deceive Claudio into believing Hero is cheating on him. As a result, Claudio believes this delusion and decides to confront Hero at their wedding, causing Hero to supposedly die from shock. Meanwhile, Hero convinces Beatrice that Benedick is an ideal husband. The play comes to a joyful conclusion when Claudio marries Leonato’s ‘niece’, whom is really a reincarnated Hero. The lovers are reunited and Benedick and Beatrice also announce that they will get married too. Shakespeare uses strategic and effective language techniques of double entendre, dramatization and topical humour, to develop comedy in Much Ado About Nothing. Double entendre is constantly present throughout Much Ado About Nothing and greatly develops the audience’s enjoyment. Double entendre is a word or phrase that can be interpreted in two ways and have a suggested meaning. Before the play even begins, the title is a prime example of double entendre. During the 14th century, ‘nothing’ would have been pronounced as ‘noting’, meaning the characters are attentive to all the wrong ideas. It is debatable that ‘nothing’ also translates to women’s genitalia, suggesting the play is practically ‘Much Ado About Vagina’s.’ Furthermore, practically every line Margaret says in the play can be interpreted in two ways and is an example of double entendre. More specifically, in Act III, Scene 1, Margret claims, “I’ll make her come…” Margaret is talking about seeking Beatrice for Hero, yet is really inferring to the sexually explicit meaning of ‘come/cum’. For the audience, this double entendre is quite amusing and consequently, significantly develops the genre of comedy in Much Ado About Nothing. Practically every aspect of Much Ado About Nothing is over

More about Much Ado About Nothing Double Entendre Analysis

Open Document