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Introduction

An exploration of how the play Much Ado About Nothing falls within the genre of comedy. Much Ado About Nothing is a play that Shakespeare wrote as a comedy for the Elizabethan audience. In this essay I am going to analyse and study the characters that provide comedy and the different aspects of comedy in the play. I will look at the language that makes the audience laugh and how it shapes one of the main themes, comedy. I am going to try to investigate what Shakespeare does and what methods and characters he uses to produce a comical feel to the play. The two sets of characters that offer comedy are Dogberry and Beatrice and Benedick. But what I am going to try and find out is what they do and how they do it, and how that makes the audience laugh. The most obvious source of comedy in the play is Dogberry and the Watch. These characters are quite ridiculous and give the audience plenty of laughs. When they are first introduced to the audience they are presented to give some comic relief after the unveiling of Don John's evil plan. ...read more.

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This is seen at the beginning of the play when all characters are introduced "You must not, sir, mistake my niece: there is a kind of merry war betwixt Signor Benedick and her." Benedick is usually sought after by Claudio and Don Pedro, for a quick laugh. He provides a much lighter atmosphere. The Beatrice and Benedick relationship is much lighter hearted and humorous than the Claudio and Hero relationship and provides the audience with some comedy as they get to see the way they are tricked into loving each other. Hero, Don Pedro, Leonato and Claudio make a plan to get the pair together "I will do any modest office to help my cousin to a good husband." This is said by Hero, as she is asked to help in them. Firstly it is up to Claudio, Leonato and Don Pedro to convince an eavesdropping Benedick, that Beatrice loves him "Come hither Leonato, what was it you told me of today, that your niece Beatrice was in love with Signor Benedick?" They know Benedick is listening, yet Benedick does not know they are making it up. ...read more.

Conclusion

Their arguments and hatred of each other is turned into love in the most comical way it could be. Shakespeare uses these characters to provide a lighter atmosphere and the play itself is a comedy. This is used to relieve the audience after a stressed period in the play. These characters provide one of the main themes to the play. The genre and one of the main themes to the play, is comedy, but this would not be possible without happiness which leads to problems (Claudio and Hero's love and break up.) This leads ultimately to a happy ending, finishing in marriage. When there is happiness there is friendly banter and also the arguments between Beatrice and Benedick which generate a happy feeling, with the audience. When this is turned into problems, Dogberry and The Watch are introduced to sort out these problems in the most comic way they can. When there is a typical happy ending, it creates a positive atmosphere with the audience and also has the opportunity for more light and friendly comedy with all the characters. Throughout all of these key components, the genre of comedy is joined into the play, with the help of Beatrice and Benedick and Dogberry and the Watch. Words - 2052 ...read more.

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