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Much Ado About Nothing exemplifies a kind of deliberately puzzling title that seems to have been popular in the late 1590s compare As You Like It000 Indeed the play is about nothing it merely follows the relationships of Claudio and Hero and in the end the play culminates in the two other main characters falling in love which because it was an event that was quite predictable proves to be much ado about nothing The pronunciation of the word nothing would in the late 16th Century have been noting and so the title also apparently suggests a pun on the word noting and on the use of the word note as an expression of music In II2 l54 Balthasar is encouraged to sing but declines saying note this before my notes theres not a note of mine thats worth the noting However Don Pedro retorts ltsumgtNote notes forsooth and nothing playing on Balthasars words and also demanding that he pay attention to his music and nothing else In addition much of the play is dedicated to people noting or observing the actions of others such as the trick played on Beatrice and Benedick by Leonato Hero and Claudio they often observe and overhear one another and consequently make a great deal out of very little At the beginning of the play Claudio and Hero eventually come to admire one another and Benedick and Beatrice play off each others wit in a manner that is all too cosy to be convincingly vicious It ends with Claudio and Heros marriage and with Beatrice and Benedick proclaiming their engagement The irony is that were it not for the fuss created over the nothingness in between the play would indeed be about nothing The middle section of the play centres on the false assumptions of Benedick and Beatrice as well as the lies told to Claudio about Heros supposed Considering that the saga is
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