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Deception is one of the main themes in the play Much Ado About Nothing. How does Shakespeare present this theme in Acts 1 & 2

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Deception is one of the main themes in the play ?Much Ado About Nothing?. How does Shakespeare present this theme in Acts 1 & 2? In the play ?Much Ado About Nothing? written by Shakespeare, the theme deception is even in the title, as the title has two very different meanings. The first and most obvious meaning is translated as a big fuss about nothing at all. Whereas the second and more hidden meaning comes from ?Much Ado About Noting?, this title is saying the story has a lot to do with ?noting?, also known as acknowledging women as if would want to marry her. ...read more.

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However, up till now deception has been used for good and joy, but Beatrice uses the masked ball to get at Benedick and insult him to his face. She pretends to not know it is Benedick beneath the mask, and then make insulting comments to Benedick who is deeply hurt by her slanderous comments. Beatrice?s most spiteful lines are ?Why he is the Prince?s jester, a very dull fool.? Benedick says to Don Pedro later on that Beatrice?s words deeply hurt him, ?She speaks poniards, and every word stabs.? This goes to show how hurt he is about what she had said to him, while he still believes she did not know it was him she was speaking to. ...read more.

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Borachio says ?I am in the favour of Margaret,? I can? appoint her to look out at her lady?s chamber window.? This plan is to deceive Claudio into thinking that Hero is being unfaithful with Borachio when actually it is Borachio and Margaret at the window. So far deception has mainly been used with malicious intent, but Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato use it to get Benedick to fall in love with Beatrice. ?Bait the hook well, this fish will bite.? Claudio is telling Leonato here to make the most of what they can to convince Benedick that Beatrice loves him. In conclusion to the essay title, Shakespeare brings about the theme of deception usually with bad consequences, with Don John being the main culprit. However he also uses deception to bring people together, Benedick and Beatrice. Ferdinand Warrington English homework ...read more.

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