Much Ado About Nothing Manipulation Analysis

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Manipulation At It’s Best Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a play about love and manipulation. It is a clever comedy that has people fighting and celebrating over the misconception of love within a kingdom. I think this is a classic Shakespeare piece that was sure to bring out a smile in everybody reading and watching the play. The play begins with the return of two soldiers, Claudio and Benedick, from a war that they have been fighting in. Claudio soon after confesses his love to the Governor’s daughter, Hero, during a masked party. They decide that it would be right to get married to each other. Claudio and Hero find no reason to wait to get married so they schedule the marriage within the next week. At the same time Benedick…show more content…
I didn’t realize it until I saw the movie version of the play how big of an idiot he is. His character was meant to seem as if anyone could be a night watchman. The title in itself is ironic because Dogberry is just a drunken man who sleeps on his job. Nothing he says makes sense and he doesn’t even do his job correctly. You can tell that nobody takes them seriously, especially when Leonato shows no sign of gratefulness that he has captured two men by simply saying “go drink some wine” (Shakespeare 46) As we look into the theories of comedy for the play, it is clear that an option is Freud’s theory. He believes that the essence of comedy and laughter come at the extent of others. Comedy is often a disguised form of anger or aggression. We find ourselves, as well as some of the characters in the play, laughing at the fact that some of the characters are being manipulated into believing one thing from another. Much Ado About Nothing was a difficult play for me to understand at first, but after watching the play and going back and reading it again it definitely helped my understanding of the sarcasm happening by the characters. I thought it was a nice piece put together by Shakespeare and I enjoyed the overall effect that it had on me. Shakespeare, William. Much Ado About Nothing. New York: Dover,
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