Characteristics of Comedy Much Ado About Nothing

There are many characteristics that make up a comedy. Characteristics such as mistaken identity, battle of the sexes, and jumping to conclusions are what set the comedic story apart from the tragedy. Within a comedy, no matter how much fault, and dismay may appear within the story, there always seems to be the classic ending of “…and they all lived happily ever after…” Comedies capture the viewer with a sense of compassion and love for the characters in the story. Each character has their own essence, to which they pertain a flaw of some sorts, which the audience can relate to. With the relation to characters there is defiantly a certain interest that is grabbed by the actors, which sucks the audience into the show.

Within the comedic play Much To Do About Nothing, Shakespeare portrays many of the characteristics of a comedy. One of these characteristics is mistaken identity. When it is thought that the lady Hero is dead, the offer for Claudio to marry Hero’s cousin is presented, yet Hero is playing a fictional character of her cousin. Claudio had mistaken her identity for that of her cousins. The plan is not known at all until it all unwraps at the end of the play when the supposed cousin takes off her veil. In a modern comedy, mistaken identity is usually more settle, and less drastic then a wedding. Such as in the movie Clerks, when the employee running the store (Dante) steps away from the counter, and asks his friend to watch the store. Then the Dante’s ex-girlfriend comes into the store and asks for him. Dante has been sweating her for so long and wants to get back together, and so does she. His friend (Randal) being ignorant tells her he went home to change or he’s in the back. She goes into the back of the store not to return until a few scenes later. Then she comes out from the dark back bathroom fulfilled, and out of breath to find Dante standing there talking to Randal. When she asks Dante how he got to the front of the store so fast, he replies what are u talking about. It ended up that she was in the bathroom with another man who had gone into the bathroom earlier. She had made love with this stranger thinking it was Dante. Mistaken identity can be quite drastic at times, and then again can be a dream come true.

It seems within every comedy there is a battle of the sexes, and a display of sure wit that is displayed between male and female. In Much To Do About Nothing, the battle of the sexes rages on constantly between the two characters Beatrice, and Benedict. They are constantly bickering, and fighting amongst each other. The fighting is more of a battle of wits more so then malicious fighting with foul words. Once Benedict enters the city, Beatrice seems to challenge him with sly remarks questioning his manhood. In response to these comments, Benedict seems to throw his rebuttal in with the same amount of wittiness as displayed from Beatrice. Although it seems, that the two hate each other, it is obvious that it is the classic case of the girl on the schoolyard hitting the boy because she likes him. To tie this scenario in with another story, it is possible to find a battle of the sexes within the Star Wars Trilogy. When Princess Leia and Han Solo bicker and fight all the time, it seems like they have a dislike for each other. Yet it is apparent that the two have an uncontrollable desire to want each other. Even though you can see that they are complete opposites, both of them play a game of tag with a battle of wits shared back and forth throughout the whole time that they know each other. Although the story of Star Wars does not seem like a comedy, it is not a tragedy. In separate movies it can be interpreted as a comedy for Star Wars (A New Hope), a tragedy for The Empire Strikes Back, and then a comedy for The Return of the Jedi. As a whole within the story, the ending holds