"Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps." -Hero, Leonato's daughter
"If a theatrical performance is primarily seen and heard, the main action in Much Ado About Nothing is principally overheard. The act of noting defines the play. While this dependence on noting seems rather harmless if the task is tricking Beatrice and Benedick to fall in love, Claudio's mistaken noting threatens to upend the comedy and undo all of the matches." -From Elizabeth Howard's Introduction
As is usual for princes, Don Pedro’s courtiers are conniving schemers. But in this case, they're not conniving maliciously—the only one who wishes him ill is his bastard brother. The others are just plotting to get Beatrice and Benedick to fall in love. As everybody knows, Beatrice would rather listen to a dog bark than a man swear he loves her. And Benedick would prefer a clever horse to a clever woman. Of course, the rest is history…
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This Worldview Edition features an introduction divided into sections on The World Around, About the Author, What Other Notables Said, Setting, Characters, & Plot Summary, Worldview Analysis, and 21 Discussion Questions & Answers.