CliffsNotes on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
One of Shakespeare's romantic comedies, this play is set in the seaport town of Messina, in Sicily. The drama concerns "the battle of the sexes" and focuses on the barbed wits and intrigues that two sets of lovers and their friends and family create. Brimming with wit and antagonism, the play has amused and provoked audiences for centuries.
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Life and Background of the Author
Introduction to the Play
A Brief Synopsis
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