In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare combines a comic love-plot of two professedly single characters coming together and a darker plot of spurned love and reconciliation. These two plots occur against a backdrop of nobility, friendship, and are sumptuousness combined with deceptions and moments of burlesque comedy.

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  1. Summary: facts about Much Ado About Nothing

    Written:1598-1600
    First published:
    1600
    A popular play: four quartos published before the Folio in 1623.
    First mention: the publication of the First Quarto in 1600.

    Source: Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, Edmund Spenser'sFaerie Queene, and others.