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 slang for eavesdropping ("Themes," eNotes). Hence, while the title is suggesting that the play depicts a great uprising about absolutely nothing at all, due to the pun made with the word nothing the title also suggests that the play concerns a great uprising about things noticed or about things overheard.
All throughout the play, we see that the characters derive opinions about each other based on what others have noted, or noticed. One example is...
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