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

Explore the themes of deception in "Much Ado About Nothing". How are these themes developed and presented.

Extracts from this document...


Khazrul Kamaludin 12Q Ms. Rupchand English Much Ado about Nothing Explore the themes of deception in "Much Ado About Nothing". How are these themes developed and presented. The plot of Much Ado About Nothing is based on the deliberate and intentional use of deceptions. Although some are malevolent, this play shows and tries to emphasize that deceit is not naturally bad or evil, but can sometimes be used as a means to good or bad ends. The duping of Claudio and Don Pedro is no doubt one of the malevolent deceptions in the play while in a more light-hearted vein, Beatrice and Benedick are fooled into thinking that they love each other and actually do fall in love as a result. This type of deception is described as benevolent as its intention is merely for good, fun and comical purposes. The play mainly follows the love lives of Claudio, Hero, Benedick and Beatrice. Nevertheless, Benedick and Beatrice's relationship is seen as a sub-plot and the other characters' aim is to build up their relationship. The use of deception cannot be successfully completed unless there were to be that one particular evil character whose intentions are bad enough that it creates tension. ...read more.


Although different people are not confused in this scenario, one person's life is mistaken for death. When Antonio and Leonato confront Claudio and Don Pedro for the death of Hero, the two young soldiers again hold firm to their belief that they had witnessed Hero with another man that night, "My heart is sorry for your daughter's death; but on my honour she was charg'd with nothing but what was true and very full of proof." The mistaken identity of Hero has not changed over time because they return to the fact that that they witnessed the disloyalty with their own eyes. They believe that their sight would not fail them to identify the true culprits. This again explains the visual deception of Claudio. Leonato then tells Claudio that he will be forgiven if he marries his niece, Antonio's daughter, who is supposedly a carbon copy of Hero. Claudio promises to do so in the morning. Hero's identity, once again, will be mistaken for a false identical cousin. Seemingly, another benevolent deception act at hand; Claudio, in believing that Hero is dead and that this niece of Antonio's is truly Hero. When Claudio returns, penitent, to accept the hand of Leonato's 'niece', a group of masked women enters and Claudio must wed blindly. ...read more.


The representation of the characters by Shakespeare is tremendous and how he creates them to convey and express the themes of deception is absolutely phenomenal. Although some readers would prefer to classify Don John as the evil villain in the play, I would mostly prefer to see him as the distinct character that provides the main and interesting events in the play. I believe that without him, the play would have been mad merely a dull and loosely constructed deception of Benedick and Beatrice. Another aspect about the play that most interests me is the ways and style in which Shakespeare puts in the different types of deception plots. The manner in which every type of deception plot is placed seems to have that particular effect on the readers and it makes them enjoy it more and be able to 'connect' with the characters. There is also no doubt that the imagery and language has helped in expressing and conveying the themes of deception. Shakespeare's associations with different kinds of imagery to the different characters are truthfully creative and extraordinary. I also particularly enjoyed how Shakespeare creates a comical deception plot that runs alongside a serious one because it creates a sense of relaxation and relief for the readers. I believe it is a technique cleverly used to lure readers away from the serious events to avoid boredom and instead, creating a sense of relief and relaxation. ...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. Marked by a teacher

    An Exploration of the Theme of Love inMuch Ado About Nothing ...

    4 star(s)

    Benedick wishes to do this because he is afraid of being cuckolded; he makes many references to cuckoldry. For example, when he discovers that Claudio plans to marry Hero (Act one, Scene one, line 176) he says: 'In faith hath not the world / one man but he will wear his cap with suspicion?'

  2. Marked by a teacher

    much ado about nothing critique

    3 star(s)

    Beatrice and Benedick's relationship appears to have a lot more romance. " I love do love nothing in the world as so well as you". Hero and Claudio love each other in a dream. They play in separate spheres; neither have insight into each other's character.

  1. In 'Much Ado About Nothing' deception

    As well as people deceiving others they also deceive themselves into thinking that they are people they are not. These are comical as the audience can laugh at them. One of these characters is a minor character called Dogberry. He is the constable of Messina and thinks that he would

  2. How Beatrice and Benedick's relationship is presented in Shakespeare's comedy 'Much Ado about Nothing?'

    The plan only succeeds because of the vulnerability of Beatrice and Benedick and the danger of trusting appearance over reality, which is a theme in the play. This theme threads is highlighted by the imagery of fashion, disguise and masking.

  1. How does Shakespeare explore the nature of love in Much Ado About Nothing

    In the beginning of the play, there is nothing short of obvious attraction between Beatrice and Benedick, despite their presentation as two people who constantly criticises each other and deny their love.

  2. How is the character of Hero presented in 'Much Adoabout Nothing'?

    Claudio fails Hero for several reasons; he is youthful and easily influenced by friends. Even more important is the fact that he has just returned home from the war, and some say that he is more at ease on the war front than with dealing with feelings for Hero.

  1. Compare and contrast two characters from 'Much ado about nothing' as presented by Shakespeare.

    From the onset, Shakespeare uses language - what the characters say and how they say it - to define them. In Act 2 Beatrice and Hero both agree that Don John is very melancholy. However, the language that they use is very different and, once more, reveals their character.

  2. Much Ado about Nothing. There are many different themes of this play such as ...

    And Claudio apologises. After Hero and Claudio, and Beatrice and Benedick all get married and live happily ever after. In this Shakespeare play there is wit, comedy and humour. There are many different themes of this play such as love, marriage, deception, loyalty and conflict.

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