Much Ado About Nothing: How Comedy Is Achieved

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Shakespeare’s famous play, “Much Ado About Nothing”, highlights the conventions of a Shakespearean comedy. Good morning teacher and students, I’m here to talk to you about Shakespeare’s clever comedy achieved by many techniques to amuse his audience. The main purpose of a comedy is to entertain the audience; Shakespeare has effectively achieved this through his ideas and techniques. The play mainly consists of conventional and satirical comedy that stems from the characterization of Dogberry, the absurd idea of cuckoldry, and a battle between the sexes. The first point that achieves comedy in the play is a continuous battle between the sexes. Shakespeare has used many different types of techniques to display a verbal battle between…show more content…
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