itersWilliam Shakespeare: Most Famous of All English WritersWilliam Shakespeare, the most famous of all English writers, has writtenmany works. One such work is Much Ado About Nothing, a comedy that includeshumor, love, and deceit. Several incidents in the life of the author influencedhim to write this play in the fashion that he did. These events come from hislife and the point in history in which he lived, thus producing Much Ado Aboutnothing.Shakespeare’s life has very much to do with the style of his writing ashis stories are from his past experiences. Shakespeare had a life that involvedboth the good and bad aspects of love. He was married for a short while,however, the marriage was suspected to be an unhappy one because he spent muchof his later life away from his family.
Shakespeare’s misfortune in love isshown in Much Ado About Nothing when it is said, “Speak low if you speak love.”(Shakespeare). Contrary to this, the positive side of love is apparent:”Friendship is constant in all other thingsSave in the office and affairs of love:Therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues;Let every eye negotiate itselfAnd trust no agent.” (Shakespeare)So let it be known, Shakespeare obviously learned a great deal about lovethroughout the course of his life.
He learned not only the good, but also thebad, and in this, love plays a major role in Much Ado About Nothing (Wright 10-13).Another element used in Much Ado About Nothing is deceit. This deceitinvolves a conflict between two brothers in which one wants to keep the otherunhappy and unwed. This conflict is present as it is said, “There’s a skirmishof wit between them.” (Shakespeare). Shakespeare, in his life, had somedeceitful things forced upon him where he was cheated out of something.
He wasforced out of school at an early age of fifteen to help his father financially.Furthermore, he was forced into marrying a women that was eight years older thanhimself because she was three months pregnant. In result of his unsuccessfulmarriage, it is reason enough for him involving love and deceit as one in thisplay. So Shakespeare also understands deceit as he incorporated it into MuchAdo About Nothing (“Shakespeare, William”).Contrary to love and deceit, Shakespeare uses comedy as the third andfinal element of the play.
Comedy is what gives Much Ado About Nothing it’scheerful happiness and wit that gives this play it’s recognition. Shakespearehad many happy experiences in his life due to his great success in being aplaywright. His success started with him becoming the top writer of TheChamberlain’s Men, which would later be renamed The King’s Men. This led tohis great career of writing which brought him fame and fortune, causing him tolive and die a happy man (Wright 10-13).
The happiness and clever wit isdescribed like, “Merry as the day is long.” (Shakespeare). All throughout thisplay, there is constantly a tone of Comedy although interrupted by scenes ofdeceitful hate. This is very similar to the life of William Shakespeare, and itclearly the reason that he writes in the style he does. All in all,Shakespeare’s ability as a Comedic writer is very well spoken for and is thereason that he wrote this play.
The elements used in this play as they have happened in Shakespeare’slife are established in the relationships of the characters of the play.Benedict and Beatrice, throughout the entire beginning of the play, displaylove, deceit, and comedy. Beatrice finds all men to be repulsive, not in thephysical sense, but in the psychological sense. Benedict does not like herattitude and does everything he can to spite her. Through all this, they bothlove each other, but both are as stubborn and hard headed as each other so it isimpossible for either one to know this. At a costume party, Benedict tricksBeatrice into thinking he is someone else by wearing a costume and disguisinghis voice by talking with a different accent.
Beatrice, not being aware of this,talks badly about Benedict to whom she thinks is a stranger. Afterwards,Benedict is furious about her statements and complains to the prince, soeveryone else conspires to get them together. They do this by letting themindividually overhear talk of each other loving one another. When they hear