Much Ado About Nothing | Critical Essay by Maurice Hunt

This literature criticism consists of approximately 39 pages of analysis & critique of Much Ado About Nothing.
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Critical Essay by Maurice Hunt

SOURCE: Hunt, Maurice. “The Reclamation of Language in Much Ado about Nothing.Studies in Philology 97, no. 2 (spring 2000): 165-91.

In the following essay, Hunt studies the characters' usage of patriarchal speech in Much Ado about Nothing, demonstrating the way in which this type of speech establishes social dominance through the transformation, dismissal, or oppression of the words and thoughts of others.

Interpreters of Much Ado about Nothing have often remarked that Shakespeare focuses in this middle comedy upon the faculty of hearing. And indeed “nothing,” in its senses of listening and eavesdropping, does much to complicate and unravel the play's fable.1 What is rarely noted in accounts of Much Ado is the dependence of hearing upon speaking, the possibility that Shakespeare may also dramatize the potential of speech to exasperate and resolve humankind's...

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