What point of view does Shakespeare use in Much Ado About Nothing?

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The point of view, or narrative mode, Shakespeare uses in his plays, like most plays, is the third person objective view point. We know that plays are narrated in third person because we do not see the play through one character's perspective; we do not frequently see the word I appear in the play. Instead, we see the play unfold through the eyes of the author who stands outside of the action, making it a third person point of view. We also know that it is an objective third person view point because the author can only relay the actions of the play from an objective standpoint, meaning what can be seen externally ("Literary Analysis Guide: Point of View"). The author cannot get inside character's heads.

However, while Shakespeare's plays are, for the most part, written in objective third person, at times he does allow us to see a first person perspective by allowing us to see the characters' thoughts as they relay them out loud. We especially see this in a few instances in Much Ado About...

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