The Influence of Commedia dell’arte on Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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The Influence of Commedia dell’arte on Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Commedia dell’arte had great influence of Shakespeare’s comedy “Much
Ado About Nothing”. This form of theatre shows many comparisons to
the Shakespearian comedy. Commedia dell’arte created elements within a
comedy that became standards across comedic literature. Love,
deception, matters of out witting one another and jealousy are
components that make up the back bone to a comedy. “Shakespeare made
use of many typical elements found in commedia scenarios” (McQuinn,
Anne), creating plots that parallel those of the Italian
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always reflects the cultural sentiments within the society from which
it stems” (McQuinn, Anne), the art of commedia allowed for Shakespeare
to create stories which reflected societal views of the aristocrats.
It was “entertainment by the people and for the people; and it is this
very close relationship with humanity which gives this highly
theatrical form its life” (McQuinn, Anne).

Commedia dell’arte offered Shakespeare rich and thoughtful stock
storylines that created the base of a universal plot. “Commedia found
the depth within its performances to cover both the genres of comedy
and tragedy” (McQuinn, Anne) as did Shakespeare in “Much Ado About
Nothing”. A “comedy, beginning in turmoil but ending in harmony,
celebrates life; but tragedy's course from prosperity to calamity
expresses rejection of life” (Snyder, Susan- session 2). “Much Ado
About Nothing” could of end up as a potential tragedy with the unjust
and false accusations of Hero. But instead of having a tragic ending,
hero will “die to live” (Shakespeare 72), as for her innocence will be
proven and a true comedy will prevail with its happy ending. The
familiar “courtship is the staple activity in the comic drama”
(Snyder, Susan-session 4). With this’ comes deception, jealously, and
the play on wits…