Is William Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing classified as a romantic comedy or a satirical comedy?

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William Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing is classified as a romantic comedy, but a somewhat atypical one, in that its setting is urban, and at times the travails of the characters nearly cross the boundary to tragedy.

The earliest distinction we have between comedy and tragedy as dramatic genres is Aristotle's Poetics, a work the very much influenced the evolution of Renaissance drama. Aristotle defines comedy as follows:

Comedy is, as we have said, an imitation of characters of a lower type- not, however, in the full sense of the word bad, the ludicrous being merely a subdivision of the ugly. It consists in some defect or ugliness which is not painful or destructive. To take an obvious example, the comic...

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