What are some specific quotes from Shakespeare's play Much Ado about nothing that demonstrates the use of puns within this comedy?
I am writing a report and because i dont understand Shakespearian language, i need help understanding when puns were being used throughout the text.
Much Ado About Nothing is a classic Shakespearean comedy, and vast amount of puns, or play on words, can be found all throughout the play.
A pun can be found in the opening scene when Beatrice refers to Benedick as "Signior Mountanto" (Act 1, Scene 1). Mountanto refers to "montanto," which is a term associated in fencing to an upward thrust. Beatrice is implying, therefore, that Benedick has bad fencing skills.
Another pun is when Beatrice refers to Benedick as a "very valiant trencherman". The word "trencherman" can refer to a person with a big appetite, or a parasite or bug.