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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Analysis

Literary Devices in Much Ado About Nothing

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Clothing as a symbol of status pops up quite a bit in the play. It often tells us about a person’s station in life. Interestingly, the play’s characters change their stances on love and...

Setting

Messina is a bustling port city, but its climate makes it agricultural as well, meaning the men returning from battle with Don Pedro would likely view Messina as a welcome respite from the battlefi...

Narrator Point of View

Though all works of literature present the author’s point of view, they don’t all have a narrator or a narrative voice that ties together and presents the story. This particular piece o...

Genre

The plot has two classic Shakespearean tip offs that this play is probably a comedy: nobody dies, and there are some marriages. Also a good sign that we’re dealing with a comedy: the play is...

Tone

This is one of Shakespeare’s more interesting comedies when it comes to how Shakespeare approaches the characters. Certainly, not everyone is portrayed sympathetically. It seems deliberately...

Writing Style

This is one of Shakespeare’s less complex plays. The writing doesn’t emphasize deep ideas so much as it’s an exercise in what a witty and clever guy William Shakespeare could be....

What’s Up With the Title?

As a title, Much Ado About Nothing fits neatly with those of Shakespeare’s other plays written around the same time: the titles seem whimsical and even flippant. Twelfth Night was alternative...

Plot Analysis

Claudio likes Hero; Beatrice and Benedick hate each other.Claudio announces that he noticed Hero before the war, but he was busy with war stuff. Now he can get busy with love stuff. Overall, he fal...

Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Comedy

Much Ado About Nothing doesn’t fall into the traditional rubric of comedies as set up by Mr. Booker – instead, Much Ado blends two types of comedies with its two plots.One type of Booke...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Don Pedro's army arrives at Leonato's estate in Messina, where Claudio immediately falls in love with Hero. While Benedick and Beatrice once again engage in their long-running war of wits, Don Pedr...

Trivia

In Shakespeare’s day, marriage was sometimes perceived as a burden. Marriage was represented as a yoke (often joked about in the play) but also as a "clog," which is basically a wooden block...

Steaminess Rating

Sex is alluded to constantly, and often explicitly, in the play (as when Margaret jokes that Hero will soon feel the heavy weight of her husband, and she isn’t talking about domestic violence...

Allusions

Troilus (5.2.31) – as in Troilus and CressidaLeander (5.2.30) – as in Hero and LeanderEuropa and Jove (5.4.46)Ovid: Metamorphoses viii – Philemon and his wife, Baucis, entertained...
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