Much Ado About Nothing | Critical Essay by Paul Mueschke and Miriam Mueschke

This literature criticism consists of approximately 25 pages of analysis & critique of Much Ado About Nothing.
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Critical Essay by Paul Mueschke and Miriam Mueschke

SOURCE: Mueschke, Paul, and Miriam Mueschke. “Illusion and Metamorphosis in Much Ado about Nothing.Shakespeare Quarterly 18, no. 1 (winter 1967): 53-65.

In the following essay, the Mueschkes present Much Ado about Nothing as a play primarily about honor and dishonor, particularly “feminine honor sullied by slander.”

The gaity of Much Ado About Nothing is consistently praised; its somber aspects are either ignored or disparaged. Most critics agree that Much Ado is the gayest of Shakespeare's three joyous comedies, that its theme is courtship, and that the main plot centers on the wooing and winning of Hero. These basic assumptions lead to a number of widely accepted conclusions: since the subplot is more original than the main plot, the witty lovers overshadow the troubled lovers; Hero, shadowy and silent...

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