Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy play by William Shakespeare first performed in 1612. The humor of the play borrows on and transcends that of a typical comedy of errors. The play relies on tensions created by a paradoxical use of deception by its characters: deceit can be used as an instrument with which both to disrupt love between people and to encourage and promote it. Read key facts, a plot summary, and important quotes.


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Literary Devices

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Further Study

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