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Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

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Why is Much Ado About Nothing classified as a comedy?

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One of the reasons the play is considered a comedy is that it is about relationships and humorous tricks characters play on one another, as opposed to murder and treachery like a tragedy such as Romeo and Juliet would have.

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Discuss why Much Ado About Nothing is classified in the comedy genre.

Although the play is a comedy, it is a more sophisticated comedy.  The enotes introduction notes that "the comedy of Much Ado derives from the characters themselves and the manners of the highly-mannered society in which they live (enotes).  Thus, it's a comedy of manners and class.  The humor comes from laughing at the people and the situations.

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