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

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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.

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