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Much Ado About Nothing (No Fear Shakespeare)
Much Ado About Nothing - No Fear Shakespeare
Author: William Shakespeare, SparkNotes Editors
Read Much Ado About Nothing in all its brilliance and actually understand what it means. — No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of Much Ado About Nothing on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right.  — Each No Fear Shakespeare...  more » contains

  • The complete text of the original play
  • A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
  • A complete list of characters with descriptions
  • Plenty of helpful commentary
ISBN-13: 9781411401013
ISBN-10: 1411401018
Publication Date: 1/22/2004
Pages: 249
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Sparknotes
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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From The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature"

"Comedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, performed in 1598-99 and printed in a quarto edition from the author's fair papers in 1600. The play takes an ancient theme--that of a woman falsely accused of unfaithfulness--to brilliant comedic heights. Claudio is deceived by his jealous cousin into believing that his lover, Hero, is unfaithful--a plot unveiled by the bumbling constables Dogberry and Verges. Meanwhile, Beatrice and Benedick have "a kind of merry war" between them, matching wits in clever repartee that anticipates other playfully teasing literary couples. Each is tricked into believing that the other is in love, which allows the true affection between them to grow. Both couples are united at the end, after Hero's simulated resurrection from the dead. In this play Shakespeare eschewed devices of obvious magic or disguise of sex, which he employed in other comedies; the wit and ambiguity of the dialogue and the exquisite pacing of the action sustain the play, which remains popular in repertory."
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