Much Ado About Nothing | Critical Essay by A. R. Humphreys

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Much Ado About Nothing.
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Critical Essay by A. R. Humphreys

SOURCE: Humphreys, A. R., ed. Introduction to The Arden Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing, by William Shakespeare, pp. 1-84. London: Methuen, 1981.

In the following excerpt, Humphreys surveys the principal literary sources for Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing.

(i) Claudio and Hero

General Survey

Stories of the lover deceived by a rival or enemy into believing his beloved false are widespread and of great antiquity. An analogue of the Claudio-Hero plot has been traced back to a fifth-century Greek romance by Chariton, Chaereas and Kallirrhoe. Seventeen Renaissance versions, narrative or dramatic, are recorded before Shakespeare's, in Spanish, Italian, French, German, and English. They include the fifteenth-century Spanish Tirant lo Blanch (Tirant the White) by Juan Martorell, which probably lies behind Ariosto's version in the fifth canto of Orlando Furioso (1516).1 Ariosto's lovers are named Ariodante and Genevra. His story, first...

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