Sunday, January 13, 2008

Much Ado About Nothing - A Beginning Summary

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy with a constant play on words and words being used as weapons of rhetoric against hapless characters on many levels. Even the title is played with, as "Nothing" is pronounced "noting" in the style of Elizabethan speech. Various puns on different subject matter of the play take part in the script. Much Ado About Nothing also uses the "love geography" mechanic of different characters falling for one another.

There are two central pairs of lovers: Benedick and Beatrice, with Claudio and Hero. Both Benedick and Claudio are not what you call true "gentlemen" in a sense, for even though they vie for their loves, their affections always go all over the place!

So will the lovers unite? Will there be a happy ending? For more on plot analysis, click here.

Much Ado About Nothing is a play following a tradition of adaptations taking place in modern times. BBC broadcasted a TV drama of the play taking place in a broadcast television news station setting. You can view more information here.

- Kristopher

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