Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Essay

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Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare


Much Ado About Nothing is a short play by Shakespeare, which has
comedy, romance, suspense and a lot of drama twisted into several
hundred lines of verse. The ending is happy, however, and little has
changed albeit two marriages. The play is important, not because of
its subject matter, but because it shows us that life itself is
similarly enjoyable and foolish - our lives are "much ado about
nothing".

The first thing an audience will find to enjoy in this light-hearted
comedy is the excellent stagecraft, which includes setting, costumes
and masks. Act II scene 1 from the 1993 production I saw, is an ideal
example of the type of stagecraft an
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The audience would find this quite comical because Beatrice
has appeared so set against romance and marriage, yet she declares
that a man who possessed all these qualities would surely "win any
woman in the world". However, she then quickly adds "if a' could get
her good will" as if realising her mistake, for she has vowed never to
marry anyone.

This leads into a conversation about whether Beatrice will ever marry,
and Beatrice jests that she will not, for she likes neither men with
beards, proclaiming that "I could not endure a husband with a beard on
his face" nor men without beards, "what should I do with him, dress
him in my apparel and make him my waiting gentlewoman?" This
conversation pursues, with Beatrice exasperating Leonato more and
more, until the masked revellers make their grand entrance.

The masks are the final and most important feature of the stagecraft.
They create the suspense element by disguising the wearer's true
identity, and this deception causes both amusement and problems. They
also allow the characters to flirt playfully with one another - such
is the case for Ursula and Antonio, and Margaret and Borachio. In
usual circumstances, Antonio would not dream of acting the way he does
with Ursula, but by wearing the mask he can detach from his social and
personal responsibilities.

In the production I saw, the director…