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Rhetorical Devices in Much Ado About Nothing

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 the use of rhetorical devices in William Shakespeare's romantic comedy ''Much Ado About Nothing.'' In this play, rhetorical devices are used to convey the emotional perspective of the characters.

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''Do you ever feel like a plastic bag - Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin - Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?''

In Katy Perry's song ''Firework,'' she begins with a list of questions that all begin with the same four words - ''do you ever feel.'' Authors and composers, like Katy Perry, use rhetorical devices to convey emotion or perspective to their audience. In William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, several rhetorical devices are used to describe the taunting relationship between Benedick and Beatrice, who both swear they will never fall in love, as well as the relationship between Claudio and Hero that seems perfect but falls apart after a miscommunication. Let's look at some examples of rhetorical devices from this comedic play.

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