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Discuss the theme of deception in Shakespeare's "Much ado about Nothing" The play "Much ado about Nothing" written by William Shakespeare has a main theme of deception running throughout and everything in the play has its own connotations. For example the title can give meanings of either exaggeration or of sexual connotations. Furthermore the title could be made to be read as Much ado about noting as much of the action of the play revolves around interest in and critique of others, written messages, spying, and eavesdropping. It could give connotations of exaggeration simply because it much ado about nothing can mean there is a lot happening about something very small. The title may have sexual connotations as the word nothing was used by Shakespeare as an ambiguous word for the female genetalia. In fact the title much ado about nothing perfectly describes the plot of the play in a phrase. The play starts when Prince Don Pedro and his 5 companions arrive at a Messina from a military campaign where Leonato, the governor of Messina, greets them and invites them to stay for a month. In Messina Benedick, one of Don Pedro's companions begins to have a "merry war of words" with Beatrice, Leonato's niece. ...read more.


Beatrice then talks to Benedick about himself saying, "the commendation is not his wit, but in his villainy", criticising ********************** Benedick. She also says "he is the Prince's gesture" meaning that he is only the Prince's servant and he soaks the glory of the Prince for himself. Also in the scene, the love between the 2 becomes evermore apparent when Beatrice is talking to Don Pedro about the love she once had with Benedick and Benedick with her. She says, "I gave him use for it, a double heart for his single one." This can be translated as she thinking that she loved Benedick twice as much as he loved her. The final part of the scene consists of Don Pedro, Lenato and Hero talking about Benedick and Beatrice being perfect for each other and how they are going to bring the 2 together which would end the self-deception between them. Don Pedro exclaims "to bring Signor Benedick into a mountain of affection, the one with the other" giving high hopes to bringing the two together. Hero then pledges herself to the plan, "I will do any modest office, my Lord, to help my cousin to a good husband." ...read more.


be untrue and still believes Hero was unfaithful * Hero would be sent to a Nunnery if the information was found to have lost her virginity In fact the first outcome occurred after she was pronounced dead. Claudio felt so bad for killing Hero that he begged for forgiveness from Leanato and he eventually agreed to marry a cousin of Hero's for forgiveness. He married her but just before he did the cousin was revealed as Hero which shocked all that thought that she was dead. The deceptive plan created by the Friar could be described as benevolent because it did bring love and trust between Claudio and Hero. Furthermore because it was carried out by a Friar, a man of God, it seems to give a moral in the play that perhaps deception is not always a bad thing to do. In conclusion, Shakespeare used many different types of deception throughout the play to create a new unique idea, and show the diversity of his plays. He uses deliberate and self deception from the very start of the play to create an idea that deception is a wrong thing to do however once Shakespeare included the Friar into the deceptive plot, it gave the idea that deception can be used in good was aswell. 1 Patrick ...read more.

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