Types of Comedy in Much Ado About Nothing

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Parody:
A spoof or send-up by satiric ironic imitations.

Bathos:
From the sublime to the ridiculous; producing a ludicrous end. EG: The courtship of Claudio and Hero being traditional and pleasant to then be victimised by misunderstanding and rumour and still ending up in marriage. Benedick and Beatrice's quarreling also, ridiculously, ending in marriage.

Satire:
The use of irony or sarcasm in which human folly is held up to scorn or ridicule. EG: the way Benedick and Beatrices constant witticisms.

Farce:
Aims at entertaining the audience by means of unlikely, extravagant and improbable situations. EG: All the confusion of Hero supposedly being involved with another man when in fact she was seen with another woman in unusual clothing. Furthermore, the fact that Claudio is then willing (in the end) to marry someone different, despite being tricked into it and the woman actually being Hero, seems unlikely if he really did love Hero.

Burlesque:
Over the top actions or thought/speech pattern.
EG: The way Benedick is so against marriage he lists ridiculous and outrageous situations he'd rather be in than in marriage. The way he hates women so much he would rather pull his eyeball out with a pen (loose 'translation').

Unconventional Characters:
Characters unfit for their role - their gender, class, job etc. EG: Beatrice is unfit for her role as both a woman in this era and for a 'lady' of her class for she speaks to Benedick in such a distasteful manner displaying her opposition to marriage (contextually unconventional). She also speaks to him in prose which are often asociated more with lowly characters of a lesser class.
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