What is an example of an oxymoron in this play (Much Ado About Nothing)?

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‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is one of William Shakespeare’s classic comedies, described by others as a “timeless classic, written in true Shakespearian style”. The popular theme of mistaken identities runs through out the play. The original title “ Much Ado About Nothing ” really does describe the play well, as many people become upset over misinterpreting the situation, or by being tricked by the other characters. The Title “A Merry War” is in itself an oxymoron. The two sides of the title are very different and show that the play has two definite contrasting sections. The antithetical phrase “ A Merry War ” portrays the love-hate relationship between Beatrice and Benedick really well. It also gives an insight into the darker elements of the play, such as Don John’s constant war with his brother Don Pedro.

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