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How does Shakespeare present Deception in the play?

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'Much Ado about Nothing'. William Shakespeare. How does Shakespeare present Deception in the play? Much Ado about nothing is about 'misapprehensions, misprisions, misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and misapplications'. The plot of the play is based upon deliberate deceptions, some malevolent and others gracious. The deception of Claudio and Don Pedro results in Hero's disgrace, while the ruse of her death prepares the way for her redemption and reconciliation with Claudio. Lines like "men were deceivers ever" (2.3.54) bring about the fact that the deception is a key theme in the play. Each of the characters in the play is the victim of deception, and it is because they are deceived that they act in the ways that they do. Nothing shows that deceit is essentially evil, but in the play it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between good and bad deception. The bible says: "But people who are evil and cheat others will go from bad to worse. They will fool others, but they will also be fooling themselves." (2 Tim 3:13). The play is about the nature of love and the power it has to mislead men and women in delusion, forming a reality that they wish to see rather than the truth. The theme of deception is one that runs throughout the play and Benedick and Beatrice are central to most of these plots. ...read more.


The deception is comic because in the final analysis the conclusion of the action is a happy one, with the characters succeeding in overcoming the obstacles placed in their way. Deception in the play is of three kinds involving, character, situation and language. An example of Shakespeare's use of deception involving character might be the parallel changes of attitude which Beatrice and Benedick have towards each other. From the outside Beatrice is established as a 'realistic' character: 'I have a goodbye, uncle; I can see a church by daylight' (II.1.72-3), and she is opposed to the notion of marriage since she believes no man is worthy of her. But for all this realism of outlook, and despite her colleged ability to 'apprehend' the motives of others, she is deceived in Act 3, scene 1 into believing that she has misjudged Benedick, and she revolves to change. From this point she as side her 'wit' and struggles to find a language which will adequately describe her feelings, but the situation is exacerbated by her earlier railing against they very condition, which she now espouses. Right to the end of the play, she is forced to preserve a 'public' face, which reminds the reader of her earlier attitude, as she has been trapped, like Benedick, into a sense of the contradictions in her own character. ...read more.


The masked dance is a form of deception with people disguising themselves. Many of these deceptions are carried out in order to d evil. Don John is mostly responsible for this. Hero is 'killed' by the deception played upon her, the tragic element of the play. The Friar's plot to announce her death until her name can be cleared is yet another deception, but here the motive is good. The watch brings a comic element to the deceptions. They are deluded about their own power and the power of the words they use malapropism, show this. However their deception helped clarify the plot later. At the end of the play Shakespeare presents deception as the resolution to an end. Claudio shows that he has abandoned jealousy and suspicions and fears of being controlled, which were all deceptions and others illusions and is ready to marry. 'Give me your hand before the holy friar, I am your husband is you like me to be 'Claudio's acceptance of his masked bride demonstrates the truth of his love for Hero, while Hero unmark to reveal the truth of her chastity. Much Ado about nothing is a play based on deception, which Shakespear presents to us in many ways. Through love, jealousy, fear and truth we can see deception appear in all circumstances to the deceit of the characters for one another. Although there are many other themes: the idea of social grace, loss of honour and public shaming in the end deception is neither positive nor negative, it is the means to an end. ...read more.

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