3 of 5 stars to William Shakespeare‘s play Much Ado About Nothing. We read this play in my 9th or 10th grade English course as a comparison to his more popular plays such as Macbeth, Othello, Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet, as well as something different from his historical fiction plays about various kings and queens. It was an opportunity to see his brilliance in writing something different and basically… about nothing. Well not really nothing, but you get the drift.
It was a decent play. And I can say that because I’ve read over 40 of his plays. It’s not like I just picked a few up and said “Eh, it’s decent,” not having read enough to know. It’s Shakespeare of course. Everyone loves/hates him, depending basically on whether you like this sort of thing or you do not. And scholars can argue for hours about what it all meant, who really wrote it, what was being hidden in the lines and characters. But for me… this was just a normal play.
Given I tend to like very character-driven stories or complex plots, this one doesn’t rank very high on my scale for what I’ve read. Yes, the plot is fairly low-key… some romance, some issues between couples… it didn’t have a tremendous amount of magic for me… say as something like “As You Like It” or “Twelfth Night.” Those were memorable characters whom you rooted for despite all odds.
It’s very strong in terms of language, innuendo, imagery and balance. But as far as a leisurely and enjoyable read, I didn’t take a whole lot from it. Of course, all English majors should read it. But if you want some light re-exposure to Shakespeare, I wouldn’t recommend this one as a starting place.
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