Assignment: You are to write a 2-3 page paper on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The specific topic must be from one of the following choices:
- Discuss Romantic Comedy (in the form of dramas). How does Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing highlight the elements of Romantic Comedies. Be sure to cite at least 6 lines from the play to support your observations on Romantic Comedy.
- Discuss High Comedy (in the form of dramas). How does Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing highlight the elements of High Comedy? Be sure to cite at least 6 lines from the play to support your observations on High Comedy.
- Discuss Trickster Plot. Describe the Trickster plot that was used so often by Shakespeare in both his comedies and tragedies. With an emphasis on the use in comedy, connect elements of the plot from Much Ado About Nothing to the Trickster Plot. Be sure to cite at least 6 lines from the play to support your observations.
- This is a reflective assignment, so the work should be your observations and should not come from outside sources. The only source you are required to cite is the text, Much Ado About Nothing.
- You must use MLA Style for this assignment (this is included for The Works Cited Page and your in-text citations). Please familiarize yourself with how to cite lines from dramas in MLA style.
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A romantic comedy is a specific genre of drama that deals with the humorous depiction of burgeoning love, and highlights the foible and follies of those falling in love. An air of romance, a spirit of levity and a happy ending are the integral aspects of a romantic comedy (Baldick). Shakespeare has written a variety of romantic comedies, such as As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The merchant of Venice. However, the present essay intends to examine the features of a romantic comedy as identified in one of the most well-known plays of Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing.