Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

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How to Cite This SparkNote

Cox, John F., ed. Shakespeare in Production: Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Davis, Walter, ed. Twentieth-Century Interpretations of Much Ado About Nothing. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1969.

Dusinberre, Juliet. Shakespeare and the Nature of Women (3rd edition). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Everett, Barbara. Much Ado About Nothing: The Unsociable Comedy.” In English Comedy, ed. Michael Cordner, Peter Holland, John Kerrigan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Gay, Penny. “Much Ado About Nothing: A King of Merry War.” In As She Likes It: Shakespeare’s Unruly Women. London: Routledge, 1994. 143–177.

Greenblatt, Stephen, gen. ed. The Norton Shakespeare (Based on the Oxford Edition). New York and London: W. W. Norton & Co., 1997.

Howard, Jean. “Renaissance Antitheatricality and the Politics of Gender and Rank in Much Ado About Nothing.” In Shakespeare Reproduced, ed. Jean Howard and Marion O’Connor. New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall, 1987. 163–187.

Smith, Emma. The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

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Don Pedro's Romantic Feelings

by CDGirvin, December 06, 2012

In this SparkNote, it mentions that Don Pedro "seems to have no romantic interest of his own," although in Act 2, Scene 1 (beginning around line 275) Don Pedro is talking with Beatrice about her views on marriage after the masquerade. Beatrice makes a joke, saying, "I would rather have one of your father’s getting. / Hath your grace ne'er a brother like you? / Your father got excellent husbands, if a maid could come by them." Don Pedro responds, "Will you have me, lady?" which is potentially another joke, although it may also be quite a se... Read more


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Don Pedro-infatuated with Beatrice?

by GoblinMaiden, April 23, 2013

I think that at the end of the day, Don Pedro is more inclined to try be of any help and see his friends happy. Don Pedro offers himself to Beatrice lightly, but with the obvious intent of wanting to secure her own happiness, especially since she is so fickle about men in the first place. He doesn't seek her hand with his own interest so much as in the interest of her own well being. It illustrates just how selfless his character is.


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Mistake - Antonio is not the father of Beatrice

by ---VeVe---, June 16, 2013

There is a mistake in the summary: at the very beginning, it says Antonio would be the father of Beatrice. Actually, he is most likely only her uncle, just as Leonato. Why else is Leonato the first who concerns of her marriage instead of Antonio? (He tries to convince her (2.1) and Don Pedro addresses him with this issue (2.1).) It is because he is her closest male relative (in the printed edition I have this is even written within an annotation) and therefore responsible for her.
These are only evidences but I could not find any indic... Read more


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