Figurative Language in Much Ado About Nothing: Examples & Meaning

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will examine William Shakespeare's use of figurative language in the comedic play ''Much Ado About Nothing''. Each type of figurative language will be defined and examples will be provided.

Definition and Background

Using figurative language means making non-literal word choices and comparisons to engage the reader or convey the deeper meaning of the text. William Shakespeare uses a great deal of figurative language in Much Ado About Nothing, which is a comedic play about love and miscommunication. In this lesson, we will define various types of figurative language and examine some examples of each from this play.

Examples of Figurative Language

The following types of figurative language are used in this play:

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