Much Ado About Nothing | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Morriss Henry Partee

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of Much Ado About Nothing.
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Critical Essay by Morriss Henry Partee

SOURCE: Partee, Morriss Henry. “The Comic Equilibrium of Much Ado about Nothing.Upstart Crow 12 (1992): 60-73.

In the following essay, Partee probes the thematic conflicts of Much Ado about Nothing by exploring the play's structural tensions between comedy and tragedy. The critic also examines the function of the Beatrice-Benedick subplot as a device that steers the story away from its more disturbing concerns—including adultery, illegitimacy, and sexual transgression—in order to highlight the play's themes of reconciliation, joy, and matrimony.

Finding the balance between the two plots of Much Ado About Nothing continues to challenge readers. While most critics agree that Claudio's relationship with Hero forms the underlying structure of the play, the Benedick and Beatrice material has always attracted far more interest and acclaim. This fascination with...

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