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What are some specific quotes from Shakespeare's play Much Ado about nothing that...

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iwood16 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 2, 2012 at 2:28 AM via web

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What are some specific quotes from Shakespeare's play Much Ado about nothing that demonstrates the use of puns within this comedy? 

I am writing a report and because i dont understand Shakespearian language, i need help understanding when puns were being used throughout the text. 

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wanderista | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM (Answer #1)

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Much Ado About Nothing is a classic Shakespearean comedy, and vast amount of puns, or play on words, can be found all throughout the play. 

A pun can be found in the opening scene when Beatrice refers to Benedick as "Signior Mountanto" (Act 1, Scene 1). Mountanto refers to "montanto," which is a term associated in fencing to an upward thrust. Beatrice is implying, therefore, that Benedick has bad fencing skills.

Another pun is when Beatrice refers to Benedick as a "very valiant trencherman". The word "trencherman" can refer to a person with a big appetite, or a parasite or bug.

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