What sort of wit can be found in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing ?
Wit is frequently portrayed through both irony and puns.
We see Shakespeare use verbal, situational, and even dramatic irony to create wit in the play. Plus, in some instances, the types of irony overlap. Beatrice uses verbal irony a great deal, especially in her verbal attacks of Benedick. One instance of this that we see in the opening scene is that when the Messenger defends Benedick's valor in the recent victorious wars, saying to Beatrice, "And [he is] a good soldier too, lady," Beatrice ironically responds by twisting the Messenger's words and saying, "And a good soldier to a lady; but what...
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Wit is characteristic of a metaphysical poetry as a style, and was prevalent in Shakespeare period, who admonished pretension with the phrase "Better a witty fool than a foolish wit". It may combine word play or manipulation of words with analytical thinking, as a kind of verbal showing requiring deep attention, without intending to be humorous ; in fact wit can be a thin disguise for more inner feelings that are not shown directly towards the audience.