Language of Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing

Rhyming Two or more different words that sound the same. DON PEDRO: I dare swear he is no hypocrite…(Act 1, Scene 1)
Repetition BENEDICK: One woman is fair, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am well;another virtuous, yet I am well…(Act 2, Scene 3)
Alliteration When a row of words starts with the same letter
Assonance Assonance occurs when the vowel sounds of two non-rhyming words rhyme, such as this line from one of Benedick’s speeches: No, the world must be peopled.
Dissonance When the sounds of two words clash violently on the ear so as to heighten both.Example: Is our whole dissembly appeared?
paradox A seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true.Example: HERO: When I lived, I was your other wife;And when you loved, I was your other husband(Act 5, Scene 4)
Antithesis Opposites. On the one hand this, and on the other hand that. The weighing up of two ideas. The setting of one idea against another to work out a bigger problem. The most famous example is, of course Hamlet’s line “To be, or not to be…”
Oxymoron This is a contradiction in terms. A tall dwarf. A white raven. An honest politician. A modest footballer. Shakespeare’s characters often revel in a good oxymoron.
Lists The three-part list is one of the most famous rhetorical devices. For example, Julius Caesar’s famous quotation “Veni, Vidi, Vici” or “I came, I saw, I conquered”Example: BENEDICK: One woman is fair, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am well; another virtuous, yet I am well, but till allgraces be in one woman, one woman shall not come inmy grace. (Act 2, Scene 3)