Much Ado About Nothing | Critical Essay by John Wain

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of Much Ado About Nothing.
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Critical Essay by John Wain

SOURCE: Wain, John. “The Shakespearean Lie-Detector: Thoughts on Much Ado about Nothing.Critical Quarterly 9, no. 1 (spring 1967): 27-42.

In the following essay, Wain investigates the flaws and the novelistic qualities of Much Ado about Nothing, focusing in particular on the weaknesses of the main plot and the play's verse.

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Much Ado about Nothing is a play that might well halt the critic of Shakespeare in his amble through the plays, in much the same way as Hamlet halts him: a strong, buoyant, uneven piece of work. It could not possibly be called a failure, and yet it could not be described as a total success either. I believe the play has interesting things to tell us about the nature of Shakespeare's impulses as an artist, and in particular about the state of his mind in the...

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