One thing that Shakespeare will forever be revered for was his ability to tell stories in a captivating way. As a writer, he could capture the cultural structure of the time and was not afraid to discuss topics and subject matters that were, at the time, considered to be taboo and controversial, especially for the late 15th century, when he penned Much Ado About Nothing. The script of this play is rather ironic on many fronts and at times mocks the social norms of the times. To be more specific it covered noteworthy content matter such as false accusations against women, infidelity, marriage, sexuality, with some literary scholars admitting that the play has same-sex attraction undertones as two characters battle to convince themselves they are in love despite their own sexual appetites.
A Comedy Style of Its Own
Considering that Much Ado About Nothing is believed to have been written in the late 15th century it would put this piece right in the center years of Shakespeare’s career. As such, a lot of the play follows a bolder style of writing and some complex humor which mare most of the writers later works. Shakespeare became more unapologetic about his content as he matured in his writing, and just like the author’s other later comedies heavy and social confrontational writing is prevalent.
The Irony Is All Over
Shakespeare was known for his incredible use of irony in his plays. In fact, many came to expect it as a form of a writing signature or brand. The same can be said for Much Ado About Nothing, which already signals irony and a pun in the title alone. The word “nothing” in the title had the pronunciation of “noting” in the Renaissance period, as a word in that time it was associated with gossip, innuendo and sexuality, all themes that would become embedded parts of the plot.