• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss the theme of deception in

Extracts from this document...


Discuss the theme of deception in "Much Ado About Nothing" "Much Ado About Nothing" is a romantic comedy written by William Shakespeare in which deception is the main theme. The title "Much Ado About Nothing" isn't just a phrase that has one meaning and that you will find out why it is called that if you read the book; like most, this title has three. meanings. The three meanings are all closely linked to what happens in the play and each of them help to show the significance of the title. Firstly, the title can be interpreted as meaning "Much Ado About Noticing/Noting", as the play features heavily in characters spying, eavesdropping and how they perceive things that other characters do or say. Secondly, the word "nothing" was commonly used to refer to Female Genitalia in Shakespearian times. This links closely with the genre of the play as it was based a lot around love and men's relationships with women. ...read more.


There are many other examples of deception in the play, but they all link in with one of those two main deceptions. There are many types of deception that are used through the entirety of "Much Ado About Nothing", they include: self deception, deliberate deception and genuine mistakes. An example of self deception is Beatrice and Benedick deceiving themselves into believing that they do not love each other. Deliberate deception can be both selfless and selfish. Don Pedro proposing to Hero in the name of Claudio is selfless deception, whilst Don John tricking Claudio into believing the Prince proposes for himself is selfish. There are many genuine mistakes in the play, including Leonato believing that his daughter, Hero, has been unfaithful to Claudio. The use of deception in the play makes it more interesting and entertaining to the audience whilst giving the plot more depth. If Shakespeare had not used deception then the play would have just been another romantic drama about love and nothing else and it would have been very two-dimensional. ...read more.


This is shown by the "merry war of words" that happens throughout the play but starts from the first time they met. "Benedick: What, my dear Lady Disdain. Are you yet living?" "Benedick: Well, you are a rare parrot-teacher" "Beatrice: Scratching could not make it worse, an 'twere were such a face as yours." "Beatrice:I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior Benedick: nobody marks you." Both Beatrice and Benedick try to mock and put down the other in front of their friends However, they end up during the play, admitting their love to one another in private and so get together. They only admit to their friends that they love each other when their friends pull out love letters that they each wrote. This sudden change of heart from both Beatrice and Benedick only happens because Don Pedro devises a plan to deceive them both. Don Pedro plans for himself, Claudio and Leonato to deceive Benedick into thinking that Beatrice loves him by pretending to have a private conversation whilst he is eavesdropping. Hero and Ursula also do the same to Beatrice under the instructions of the Prince. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Much Ado About Nothing section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Much Ado About Nothing essays

  1. What is striking about Much Ado About Nothing is that it is written largely ...

    Borachio tells him the entire story, causing Don Pedro to exclaim, "Runs not his speech like iron through your blood?" (5.1.227-228). Leonato arrives with the Sexton, who has informed him of what happened. Furiously Leonato accuses Borachio, Don Pedro and Claudio of killing his daughter.

  2. Describe and discuss Shakespeare's presentation of the code of values in Messina

    Images of war in the plot frequently symbolise verbal arguments and confrontations. At the beginning of the play, Leonato relates to the other characters that there is a "merry war" between Beatrice and Benedick: "They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit between them".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work