Much Ado About Nothing: A Dark Comedy What makes this a DARK comedy?
REASONS Shakespeare’s Comedies are about LOVE, more specifically that love creates discords in society. Much Ado conforms to this – look at Beatrice and Benedick-what makes it different to some other comedies however is just how deep some of these discords run. In this play Shakespeare leans towards not just amiable irrational characters, but the dark malevolent ones too who are opposed to the happiness of comedy and the spirit of love
We laugh at Beatrice and Benedick but the major emphasis is not on love in tension with social restraint , but on love being threatened by something malevolent: the anti-comic force that is Don John. Therefore the play presents both the attractive instincts and mean and cruel instincts in people.
So why does this darker side not dominate the atmosphere of the play?
<ul><li>SPEED: the darker scenes are fast paced and yield quickly to more frivolous ones – look at act one scene three. </li></ul><ul><li>STAGING: the lighter scenes are very visual – full of laughing, dancing, singing and characters behaving ridiculously. </li></ul><ul><li>LOVE: the talk of love is unavoidable throughout. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Don John in Act Two Scene Two </li></ul><ul><li>Describe with evidence how DJ uses artifice to achieve his goal. </li></ul><ul><li>How might DJ be described as acting foolish in this scene? How might one argue he is a fool rather than a villain at this stage? </li></ul><ul><li>How has the theme of deception been explored further in the ACT so far? Who deceives who and are their intentions truly honourable? </li></ul>
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