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What time period does Much Ado About Nothing take place in?

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invadershawn | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 16, 2007 at 8:56 AM via web

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What time period does Much Ado About Nothing take place in?

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wanderista | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM (Answer #3)

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'Much Ado About Nothing' is set in 16th Century Italy in a city named Messina.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 16, 2007 at 10:26 AM (Answer #1)

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An interesting question. It takes place in the Renaissance, but not in any specific period beyond that. (There aren't, for example, clear references to specific kings or historical events that would tie it down.) It also isn't possible to really pin it down through the setting. Shakespeare sets the play in Messina, in Sicily, but there aren't any real references there to anything that would anchor it more fully. It has been suggested that the society portrayed in the play is artificial—that it doesn't really represent Messina or a specific period, but is a kind of Italian mishmash.

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inc798 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 26, 2007 at 6:07 AM (Answer #2)

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1599
Elizabethan times
in Sicily

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