Major Themes in Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing

Purpose:  To thoughtfully analyze how Shakespeare incorporates one or more universal themes into Much Ado About Nothing

Assignment: Choose one of the following universal themes and write a 400-word essay in APA format in which you analyze how Shakespeare incorporates the theme into the play in ways that both anchor the story in the Elizabethan culture (although he never sets his plays in Britain), and call his cultural assumptions and prejudices into question. Use specific examples from the play in your essay.  

Choose from the following:

  • Deception; 
  • Honor–male/female/or both; 
  • Appearance vs Reality;
  • Role of the Church/priest; 
  • Feuds.