The Comic Elements Of The Play Are Constructed Through Language. Do You Agree?

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Shakespeare's "Much ado about nothing" has been classified as a romantic comedy. As a comedy, comic elements are very important; they can be expressed in various ways. In this play comic elements are constructed through language, they are expressed by the characters' dialogues and they affect the readers in a comical way.Benedick and Beatrice are the comical figures in the play; there are a lot of conversations between them. At the beginning Beatrice is aware of Benedick when she mentions him before his arrival, when they meet they start their argument immediately."A bird of my tongue is better than a beast of yours" (Beatrice, Act 1 Scene 1)"I would my horse had the speed of your tongue" (Benedick, Act 1 Scene 1)Both Benedick and Beatrice keep teasing each other by having continuous arguments. Both of them are able to retort each other, and the argument never seems to end because they always want to be the one who finishes and wins the conversation. The readers can see the comic element of their quarrel comes from how they wound each other's pride through the dialogues. There are a lot of examples similar to the dialogue above in the play, which are insulting, and the power of their language brings out the humour and entertains the readers.Benedick and Beatrice's view on marriage is very similar. They both curse the opposite sex very often at the beginning of the play. Benedick swears to never marry and Beatrice opposes marriage as well."In faith, hath not the world one man but he will wear his cap with suspicion? Shall I never see a bachelor of three-score again?" (Benedick, Act 1 Scene 1)"Just, if he (God) send me no husband; for the which blessing I am at him upon my knees every morning and evening" (Beatrice, Act 2 Scene 1)Benedick and Beatrice seem to be against love, until they are tricked by Don Pedro, Claudio and Hero, Ursula respectively. Both of them are set up to become the victims of the comical deception, the overhearing of conversations. After that Benedick and Beatrice declare their love for each other."If I do not take pity of her I am a villain. If I do not love her I am a Jew. I will go get her picture" (Benedick, Act 2 Scene 3)"And, Benedick, love on. I will requite thee, taming my wild heart to thy loving hand. If thou dost love, my kindness shall incite thee to bind our loves up in a holy band" (Beatrice, Act 3 Scene 1)There is a contradiction in Beatrice and Benedick's language. Benedick and Beatrice strongly oppose marriage but then they change their minds straight after being tricked without knowing about the deceptions. When they reveal their love they give excuses to themselves. It has a comical effect to the readers and is constructed by the language again, through the conversation of overhearing and the declaration of love by Benedick and Beatrice.In the final scene of the play,...

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