Shakespeare's Techniques in Much Ado About Nothing
I am going to describe the techniques used by Shakespeare in 'Much Ado
About Nothing'. I am focusing on language, themes, characters, plots
and sub plots as well as the play as a whole. I will also be focusing
on how the modern day as well as the Elizabethan audience would
respond to this play write.
Shakespeare is known as one of the worlds best play writers, he has
written tragedies, histories, sonnets and comedies. Writing comedies
was by far his best talent of all. He used many techniques in writing
his comedies, which can be seen in many of his other plays. The basic
structure of this play is that love creates conflict in society. In
this play there are occasions of delight and distress as well as
sarcasm and seriousness. The play is also about contrasts between
Shakespeare started Much Ado About Nothing in the middle of a
conversation, which throws us right into the story, and we pick up
what is going on as we read on.
Leonato: I learn in this letter that Don Pedro of Arragon comes this
night to Messina.'
Messenger: 'He is very near by this, he was not three leagues off when
I left him.'
Leonato: 'How many gentlemen have you lost in this action.'
Messenger; 'Few of any sort, but non of name.'
The play begins with the happy return of Don Pedro and his friends
from war; they are to be entertained at Leonato's house. As the play
write goes on one of Don Pedro's closest friends, Claudio, falls in
love with Leonarto's daughter, Hero, and they are to be wed. But first
Don Pedro has to tell Hero how Claudio feels her about her.
Claudio: 'O my Lord,
When you went onward on this ended action,
I looked upon her with a soldier's eye,
That lik'd, but had a rougher task in hand,
Than to love:
But now I am rentern'd, and that war-thoughts,
Have left their places vacten: in their rooms,
Come thronging soft and delicate desires,
All prompting me how fair young Hero is,
Saying I lik'd her ere I went to wars.'
Don Pedro: ' Though wilt be like a lover presently,
And tire the hearer with the book of words.
If though dost lover Fair Hero, cherish it,
And I will break the news with her, and with her father,
And thou shalt have her: was't not to this end,
That though should began'st to twist so fine a story.'
This is a key point in the play as the main plot is around Claudio and
Hero. Don John, Don Pedro's bastard brother, is the villain and he
plans to break apart Hero and Claudio. Don John hates happiness, he
hates it when there is joy or celebration and he always try's to spoil
everyone's fun. His first plan fails, and so he devises an even more
Don John: 'I would rather be a canker in a hedge, than a rose in his
grace, and it better fits...