Much Ado About Nothing
Like Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado about Nothing shows Shakespeare moving into a more complex and darker terrain through his exploration of an apparently harmless comical romance. The play revolves around the adventures of the two gallants Claudio and Benedick at the court of Sicily. Claudio... show more
Like Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado about Nothing shows Shakespeare moving into a more complex and darker terrain through his exploration of an apparently harmless comical romance. The play revolves around the adventures of the two gallants Claudio and Benedick at the court of Sicily. Claudio falls in love with the governor's daughter Hero, and is eager for his more misanthropic friend Benedick to also find love. Benedick is introduced to the fiery, independent Beatrice, and sparks soon fly as they banter with each other in a more wittier version of Kate and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. Beatrice has some wonderful ripostes to marriage asking why should a woman marry "a clod of wayward marl", whilst Benedick grumbles that "She speaks poniards and every word stabs". Meanwhile, the jealous Don John convinces Claudio that Hero has in fact been unfaithful to him. When Claudio rejects Hero on their wedding day, she faints and is taken for dead. In the hectic final scenes the play moves towards reconciliation between Claudio and Hero, and the tentative admission of the love between Benedick and Beatrice. Famously filmed by Kenneth Branagh in the Tuscan countryside with a cast that included Keanu Reeves, Much Ado about Nothing remains one of Shakespeare's most successful comedies. --Jerry Brotton.
Publish date: December 5th 1999
Publisher: Wordsworth Classics
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
That was fun, but I'm still no fan of Will's comedies. Still, this was one of the better of the comedies I have read so far (I am not a fan of A Midsummer Night's Dream) and there are elements that I really loved in this: For one, there are ideas in this play that seem to re-appear in later play...
This is a slightly overrated Shakespeare play. It's title which is a play on slang for female genitalia also catches the fact that the play isn't really about anything. That's not necessarily a problem of course romantic comedies can all be about being light as a souffle, but this one is merely mi...
Entre todas las comedias románticas, Much Ado About Nothing queda como una de los clásicos del género, no por su innovación (sería imposible decir si Shakespeare inventó temas centrales de la obra, y por lo que conocemos de él, sería incorrecto) sino por ejecutar a la perfección los temas (y clichés...
Published 1989. NB: Read in tandem with the Branagh, Whedon and BBC’s versions. This review draws extensively from my reading of the three movies, as well as from my re-reading of the play. Let’s get this out of the way first. “Much Ado about Nothing” is one of my favourite Shakespeare’s plays...
I find that Shakespeare's comedies are much easier to read and understand than the tragedies and histories. This is true in the comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. The interplay between Benedick and Beatrice was fun to read and imagine. However, the story of Claudio and Hero was a complete mess. Claudio...