In Much Ado about Nothing, what is the epitaph/ funeral poem about?
Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing puts in contrast two sets of couples, Beatrice and Benedick, who engage in witty banters that indicate their distaste for one another and for love, when, unbeknowst to them, they are really falling in love with one another; the other couple, Hero and Claudio, are simpler in their relationship as they privately acknowledge their love for one another although they are rendered practically speechless by their emotion.
When the gullible Claudio is...
How apt, or appropriate, is the title Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare's play?
The title Much Ado About Nothing is very apt, or appropriate, for the play because there is actually a pun found in the title and once this pun is understood, the pieces and themes of the play fall nicely into place. As author A. R. Humphreys states, due to pronunciation, the word "nothing" would have been heard by the Elizabethan audience as "noting" (as cited in Chidester, "Much Ado About 'Noting'"). Noting can refer either to paying attention to something, or heeding it, but it is also...
What are some examples of puns in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing ?
Characteristic of Shakespeare, since Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy, a vast amount of puns, or play on words, can be found all throughout the play. Listed below are a few:The first pun can actually be found in the title. The word "nothing" is a pun because the Elizabethan audience would have heard it as "noting." The Elizabethans considered "noting" to be another word for observing, or even eavesdropping, and as we see, the consequences of eavesdropping is a central theme in the play....